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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. 438-444
Bioline Code: cj14063
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 74, No. 4, 2014, pp. 438-444

 en Effect of picloram herbicide on physiological responses of Eupatorium adenophorum check for this species in other resources Spreng
Liu, Xiaowen; Qi, Chengmei; Wang, Zongcheng; Li, Yuan; Wang, Qiuxia; Guo, Meixia & Cao, Aocheng


Eupatorium adenophorum check for this species in other resources Spreng., a major invasive weed in southwestern China, has caused great economic losses. In order to find a new herbicide to control E. adenophorum, experiments were conducted to study its physiological and biochemical responses to low and high doses of picloram herbicide (4-amino-3,5,6-trichloropyridine-2-carboxylic acid). Electrolyte leakage, malondialdehyde, and free proline were stimulated by picloram, showing a remarkably increase (p < 0.05) with high herbicide concentration (60, 120, and 240 g ai ha-1). The treated plants exhibited lower osmotic adjustment capacity, high dosage lipid peroxide levels and more free-proline accumulation. It was found that low doses (12 and 24 g ai ha-1) of picloram initially increased catalase, peroxidase, superoxide dismutases and protein, but these indicators decreased (p < 0.05) with the increase of treating time (after 3 d) and dose (120 and 240 g ai ha-1). In addition, the structures of chloroplasts and mitochondria were seriously deformed. These results indicated E. adenophorum can improve its herbicide-tolerance by increasing the antioxidative system activity at the initial period of low picloram stress. However, this protective function disappeared with increasing of treating time and picloram dosage. Eupatorium adenophorum responded differently to low and high concentrations of picloram and ultrastructural changes are an important cause of death in E. adenophorum.

Picloram; Eupatorium adenophorum; response of physiology and biochemistry

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