Wednesday, November 4, 2009: 2:15 PM
Convention Center, Room 306, Third Floor
Cell stability is impaired during environmental stresses such as drought stress and subsequent Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) production. Seed antioxidant defense system controls a few levels of radicals. Ascorbate (ASC), an important antioxidant, has been known as a cellular redox system supporter. Pimpinella anisum L. is a very aromatic and medicinal plant that has great export value. This study was designed for the evaluation of the effect of polyethylene glycol (PEG) 6000 and its interaction with ascorbate on seed germination index in this plant species. In a Petri dish study conducted in a laboratory, control and drought induced treatments were introduced to 9 levels of osmotic potentials by PEG 6000 (ys=0.0 to -2.0 MPa) and one level of ASC (1.4mM), with 5 replications in the presence and absence of ASC for different stress levels. The results of this study revealed that in lower water potentials, germination percentage significantly reduced. Comparing the means of the stressed treatments showed that germination percentage increased by using exogenous ASC. This increase was significant in the moderate stress levels. From the results of this investigation, it was concluded that ASC has protective effect against drought stress.