Photosynthetic response of cabbage in cadmium-spiked soil

Renata Bączek-Kwinta , Katarzyna Juzoń , Małgorzata Borek , Jacek Antonkiewicz


Efficiency of a photosynthetic apparatus in plants growing in cadmium-spiked soil as well as plant biomass and cadmium accumulation were assessed in two cabbage cultivars (early and late) in a long-term pot experiment. Cadmium concentrations were 10 and 40 mg(Cd) per kg of dry mass of soil. The early cultivar showed a dose-dependent and stable decrease in SPAD index, while in plants of the late cultivar the response was reversible and less pronounced. A huge drop in the effective quantum yield of PSII photochemistry, photochemical quenching, nonphotochemical quenching, and electron transport rate in the third week of vegetation indicated susceptibility of the early cultivar to cadmium, contrary to the late one. Fresh mass of plants of the early cultivar was diminished by both doses of Cd. For the late cultivar, there was no change in these parameters, indicating its possible usability for phytoremediation, provided the reclaimed area is fenced and protected. Particular attention should also be paid towards late cultivars cabbage farming in areas with a high Cd content. On the other hand, the early cultivar may serve as a bioindicator of Cd-contamination.
Author Renata Bączek-Kwinta (FoAaE / DoPP)
Renata Bączek-Kwinta,,
- Department of Plant Physiology
, Katarzyna Juzoń
Katarzyna Juzoń,,
, Małgorzata Borek (FoAaE / DoPP)
Małgorzata Borek,,
- Department of Plant Physiology
, Jacek Antonkiewicz (FoAaE / DoAaECh)
Jacek Antonkiewicz,,
- Department of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry
Journal seriesPhotosynthetica, ISSN 0300-3604, e-ISSN 1573-9058, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishabiotic stress; Brassica oleracea; crop productivity; chlorophyll content; chlorophyll fluorescence
ASJC Classification1110 Plant Science; 1314 Physiology
Internal identifierWRE/2019/62
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); after publication
Score (nominal)70
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 2; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.141; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.365 (2) - 2018=2.669 (5)
Citation count*9 (2020-08-12)
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FinansowanieThe study was supported by European Union from European Regional Development Fund in a framework of the Innovative Economy Operational Programme 2007–2013, project ʻThe exploitation of white cabbage for phytoremediation and biofumigation of soils (AGROBIOKAP)ʼ, and DS 3163 research programme of University of Agriculture in Krakow.
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