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Title: Interations between nitrate and ammonium during uptake by carob seedlings and the effect of the form of earlier nitrogen nutrition
Author: Cruz, Cristina
Lips, S. Herman
Martins-Loução, Maria Amélia
Keywords: Ammonium
Ceratonia siliqua
Uptake systems
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Physiologia Plantarum 89: 544-551. 1993
Abstract: Seedlings of carob (Ceratonia siliqua L. cv. Mulata) were used in two sets of experiments in order to evaluate; (1) the reciprocal effects of each nitrogen form on net uptake of nitrate and ammonium, and (2) the effect of earlier nitrogen nutrition on ammonium versus nitrate uptake. In the former group of experiments we studied the kinetics of nitrate and ammonium uptake as well as the interference of each of the two forms with net uptake of ammonium and nitrate by both nitrogen depleted and nitrogen fed carob seedlings. On the whole, nitrogen depletion led to increase in both affinity and Vmax of the system for both forms of nitrogen, at the same time as the effects of nitrate on uptake of ammonium and vice versa were concentration dependent. In the second group of experiments the effects of earlier nitrogen nutrition on nitrate and ammonium uptake were characterized, and in this case we observed that: (a) if only one form of N was supplied, ammonium was taken up in greater amounts than nitrate; (b) the presence of ammonium enhanced nitrate uptake; (c) ammonium uptake was inhibited by nitrate; (d) there was a significant effect of the earlier nitrogen nutrition on the response of the plants to a different nitrogen source. The latter was evident mainly as regards ammonium uptake by plants grown in ammonium nitrate. The interactions between nitrate and ammonium uptake systems are discussed on the basis of the adaptation to the nitrogen source during early growth.
Description: This paper is part of the contributions to the Proceedings of the 3rd Internacional Symposium on Inorganic Nitrogen Assimilation, held in Tiberias, Israel, 6-11 September, 1992
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 0031-9317
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