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Nickel distribution in the hyperaccumulator Alyssum serpyllifolium Desf. spp. from the Iberian Peninsula

AuthorsFuente, Vicenta de la; Rodríguez, Nuria ; Díez-Garretas, B.; Rufo, Lourdes; Asensi, A.; Amils, Ricardo
KeywordsAlyssum serpyllifolium
Elemental mapping
Iberian Peninsula
Issue DateJul-2007
PublisherTaylor & Francis
CitationPlant Biosystems 141(2): 170-180 (2007)
AbstractThe relative concentration and distribution of nickel (Ni) in vegetative tissues (leaves, stems and trichomes) and reproductive organs (seeds) was studied using energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDXS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in two previously studied Ni-hyperaccumulator subspecies of Alyssum serpyllifolium Desf. growing naturally in ultramafic soils of the Iberian Peninsula: A. serpyllifolium ssp. lusitanicum Dudley & P. Silva and A. serpyllifolium ssp. malacitanum Rivas Goday ex G. Lpez. Both taxa showed that Ni accumulates preferentially in the leaves, exhibiting a homogeneous distribution on both epidermis surfaces. The highest Ni concentrations were found inside the epidermal cells and at the base of trichome stalks. Ni accumulation in seeds was lower than in the vegetative organs. The location of Ni in these plants allows us to postulate that its accumulation is a protection mechanism against external stress.
Description11 pages.-- Research article.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11263500701401422
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