Changes in low molecular weight organic acids and antioxidative enzyme activities of wetland plants under metal stresses

Yu Bon MAN, Anna King Chuen CHUNG, Ming Hung WONG

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Abstract

The release of low molecular weight (LMW) organic acids under lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) stresses in Typha latifolia (T. Latifolia) and Vetiver zizanioides (V. zizanioides) were investigated. In addition, changes in antioxidative enzymes: superoxide dismutase (SOD) and peroxidase (POD) in the leaves of T. Latifolia under Pb stress were also examined. Amongst the eight types of LMW organic acids detected in the present study, oxalic acid was found to be the most dominant during Pb and Zn treatments. In T. Latifolia, the release of organic acids was assumed to have been complexed by Pb and Zn, with oxalic acid was the only organic detected. A mild antioxidative response was observed in T. latifolia when grown in Pb toxicity, where lipid peroxidation, SOD and POD increased with increasing Pb concentration. Based on the present results, it can be concluded that heavy metals may be complexed by the release of LMW organic acids and detoxified antioxidative enzymes from plant. Copyright © 2016 Environmental Engineering & Management Journal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1657-1663
JournalEnvironmental Engineering & Management Journal
Volume15
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Citation

Man, Y. B., Chung, A. K. C., & Wong, M. H. (2016). Changes in low molecular weight organic acids and antioxidative enzyme activities of wetland plants under metal stresses. Environmental Engineering & Management Journal, 15(7), 1657-1663.

Keywords

  • Cattail
  • MDA
  • POD
  • Root exudates
  • SOD
  • Vetiver

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