Drought responses in six hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.) cultivars

Ali Shahi-Gharahlar, Mohammad Reza Fatahi, Zabihollah Zamani, Mohamad Al Hassan, Monica Boscaiu, Oscar Vicente

Abstract


Drought is one of the major causes of reduction of crop yields worldwide, a problem that will increase in the next decades due to climate change. We describe here an initial attempt to define biochemical markers associated to water stress in several hazelnut cultivars, by measuring the levels of common osmolytes and the generation of secondary oxidative stress, in plants subjected to water stress, and after recovery from the stress treatment. Proline appears to be a reliable marker in this species, as its accumulation in leaves correlates well with the degree of stress affecting the plants. Differences between cultivars in relative Pro accumulation and oxidative stress suggested that some cultivars are more tolerant than others and could be selected for cultivation in drought-affected areas

Keywords


climate change; Corylus avellana; osmolytes; oxidative stress; water stress

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15835/buasvmcn-hort:12288


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