The Effect of Salinity on Growth, Cation Content, Na+‐Uptake and Translocation in Salt‐Sensitive and Salt‐Tolerant Plantago Species


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Growth of salt‐sensitive Plantago media L. and salt‐tolerant P. coronopus L. and P. maritima L. was followed under saline conditions. Growth was reduced according to the ecological features of these species: P. media was sensitive to 25 mM NaCl, while P, coronopus and P. maritima could grow in 150 mM and 300 mM NaCl, respectively. The three Plantago species accumulated Na+ in the shoot and maintained a relatively low Na+ level in the root. K+. Mg2+ and Ca2+ levels of both shoots and roots decreased with increasing salinity. The results suggest that the difference between salt‐resistant and salt‐sensitive species is located in the ion secretory system which is involved in the ion translocation from the root to the shoot rather than in the primary uptake process through the plasmalemma of the cortical cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-99
Number of pages5
JournalPhysiologia Plantarum
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1979


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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