Morphological characteristics and electrophoretic profiling is a primary tool to investigate Nickel (Ni) stress tolerance in Cenchrus ciliaris: A Cholistan desert grass

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Morphological characteristics and electrophoretic profiling is a primary tool to investigate Nickel (Ni) stress tolerance in Cenchrus ciliaris: A Cholistan desert grass

Asma Yaqoob, Faizul Hassan Nasim, Muhammad Azhar Zia
Int. J. Biosci.10( 6), 232-245, June 2017.
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Abiotic stresses are one of important ecological factors that disturb the normal process of growth and development in plants. Our environment is going to change rapidly so it is very important to protect plants from such ecological hazards. The first effect of these stresses is alteration in morphology of a plant. Secondly proteins metabolism of plants are also affected very rapidly after exposing them to any kind of stress. Theses morphological and protein changes are important to assess the tolerance capabilities of a plant and also give a clue about the types of internal changes that occur in plants. There are many kinds of abiotic stresses and heavy metal stress is one of them. Heavy metals are important micronutrients but their excess amounts are toxic for plants. Cenchrus ciliaris a perennial grass from Cholistan desert was exposed to Nickle metal stress in different concentrations (0.3, 3, 10, 20mg/L) growing hydroponically to gain insight into the morphological changes and changes in plant total protein. Our results showed remarkable changes in plant morphology and electrophoresis pattern during stress that would be very important in our further studies on molecular characterization under abiotic stress. Results indicate that Cenchrus ciliaris has the ability to grow in moderate amounts of Ni but higher concentrations are toxic and lead to death.


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