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Type: Journal article
Title: In situ ³³P-labelling of canola and lupin to estimate total phosphorus accumulation in the root system
Other Titles: In situ (33)P-labelling of canola and lupin to estimate total phosphorus accumulation in the root system
Author: Foyjunnessa, F.
McNeill, A.
Doolette, A.
Mason, S.
McLaughlin, M.
Citation: Plant and Soil, 2014; 382(1-2):291-299
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0032-079X
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Foyjunnessa, Ann McNeill, Ashlea Doolette, Sean Mason & Mike J. McLaughlin
Abstract: Aims Accurate quantification of P accumulated in plant root systems is difficult since fine roots are often not recovered from soil. ³³P-labelling of plant root systems in soil may facilitate estimation of total below-ground P accumulation. Methods Canola (Brassica napus) and lupin (Lupinus angustifolius), grown in sand in sealed pots, were fed 33P-labelled phosphoric acid via the stemusing a wickfeeding technique. Results More ³³P was partitioned to canola roots (51 %) than lupin roots (26 %), although specific activity of roots for the two species was similar (30– 31 kBq ³³Pmg ³¹P⁻¹) since canola roots had higher ³¹P content than lupin roots (4.1 cf 2.3 mg P plant⁻¹). Mean recovery of fed ³³P (250 kBq plant⁻¹) in the whole plant including recovered roots was 84 % 10 days after feeding, and 6 %was sorbed to the wick. Assuming the unrecovered 10 % of ³³P (below the detection limit for soil digestion method used in this study) was within fine roots, then estimated P in unrecovered fine roots represented 15 % of total root system P for canola and 32 % for lupin. Conclusion Wick-feeding ³³P via the stem can effectively label P in roots in situ and facilitate quantitative estimation of total P accumulation by plant root systems
Keywords: Below-ground P inputs; ³³P in situ stem wick-feeding; ³³P specific activity; Fine roots; Shoot: Root P ratio
Rights: © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
RMID: 0030010495
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-014-2163-0
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