Physiological and biochemical responses of Ricinus communis seedlings to different temperatures: a metabolomics approach

  • Paulo Roberto Ribeiro, Luzimar Gonzaga Fernandez, Renato Delmondez de Castro, Wilco Ligterink, Henk WM Hilhorst
  • BMC Plant Biology, August 2014, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1186/s12870-014-0223-5

Biochemical responses of Ricinus communis seedlings to different temperatures

What is it about?

We analysed the effect of temperature on growth of young R. communis seedlings and we measured primary and secondary metabolites in roots and cotyledons. Three genotypes, recommended to small family farms as cash crop, were used in this study.

Why is it important?

An increase in temperature triggers the mobilization of carbohydrates to support the preferred growth of the aerial parts, at the expense of the roots. A shift in the carbon-nitrogen metabolism towards the accumulation of nitrogen-containing compounds seems to be the ma in biochemical response to support growth at higher temperatures.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Paulo R Ribeiro and Dr Wilco Ligterink