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Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research
Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, INIA
ISSN: 0718-5820
EISSN: 0718-5839
Vol. 74, No. 4, 2014, pp. 373-379
Bioline Code: cj14054
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 74, No. 4, 2014, pp. 373-379

 en Biochemical and physiological characterization of three rice cultivars under different daytime temperature conditions
Sánchez-Reinoso, Alefsi David; Garcés-Varón, Gabriel & Restrepo-Díaz, Hermann


Heat stress due to high daytime temperatures is one of the main limiting factors in rice ( Oryza sativa check for this species in other resources L.) yield in Colombia. Thus, the objective of the present research was to analyze the effect of three different daytime temperatures (25, 35, and 40 °C) on the physiological responses of three Colombian rice cultivars (F60, F733, and F473), thereby contributing to the knowledge of rice acclimation mechanisms. For 10 d, eight plants of each of the three cultivars were subjected daily to 5 h periods of 35 and 40 °C. The control treatment corresponded to normal growth conditions (25 °C). Thermal stress was assessed based on a series of physiological and biochemical parameters. The 35 °C treatment produced photosynthetic and respiratory differences in all three cultivars. At 40 °C, 'F60' displayed the lowest photosynthetic rate and the highest respiratory rate. Although this cultivar experienced particularly strong electrolyte leakage and changes in proline when subjected to the high-temperature treatments, similar trends were observed in 'F733' and 'F473'. At 40 °C, the concentration of malondialdehyde (MDA) was lower in 'F473' than in the other cultivars. These results may explain the poor agronomic performance of 'F60' in the field under daytime heat stress. The methodologies employed in the present work may be useful in Colombian rice breeding programs, particularly for the selection of heat-tolerant breeding stocks.

Malondialdehyde; Oryza sativa; photosynthesis; proline; respiration; thermal stress

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