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Mechanisms of physiological inactivation and recovery involved in tolerance to desiccation of Pitcairnia lanuginosa Ruiz Pav., a Bromeliaceae from the cerrado

Grant number: 12/14339-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2012
Effective date (End): September 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Botany - Pant Physiology
Principal Investigator:Marcia Regina Braga
Grantee:Evandro Alves Vieira
Host Institution: Instituto de Botânica. Secretaria do Meio Ambiente (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Resurrection plants have ability to tolerate long periods of dehydration without suffering permanent protoplasmic damages, entering in a state of anabiose and recovering their metabolic competence when rehydrated. The aim of this study is to evaluate the metabolism of inactivation and physiological recovery after desiccation in Pitcairnia lanuginosa, a bromelid occurring in cerrado rupestre from Mato Grosso do Sul. Plants will be grown in a greenhouse, submitted to water deficit through irrigation suspension during different periods and, later, rehydrated. Physiological and biochemical parameters will be evaluated including relative water content (TRA), water potential (¨w), osmotic potential (¨s), leaf gas exchanges, leaf content of photosynthetic pigments, carbohydrates, metabolic profile and analysis of antioxidant activity of leaves. Through the analysis of its adaptive mechanisms to desiccation tolerance we expect to contribute to the understanding of plant responses to water deficit.

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VIEIRA, EVANDRO ALVES; CENTENO, DANILO DA CRUZ; FRESCHI, LUCIANO; DA SILVA, EMERSON ALVES; BRAGA, MARCIA REGINA. The dual strategy of the bromeliad Pitcairnia burchellii Mez to cope with desiccation. ENVIRONMENTAL AND EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, v. 143, p. 135-148, . (12/14339-7, 12/16332-0)
VIEIRA, EVANDRO ALVES; SILVA, KLEBER RESENDE; ORIANI, ALINE; MORO, CAMILA FERNANDES; BRAGA, MARCIA REGINA. Mechanisms of desiccation tolerance in the bromeliad Pitcairnia burchellii Mez: biochemical adjustments and structural changes. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, v. 121, p. 21-30, . (12/14339-7, 12/16332-0)

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