N- and P-mediated seminal root elongation response in rice seedlings

Satoshi Ogawa, Michael Gomez Selvaraj, Angela Joseph Fernando, Mathias Lorieux, Manabu Ishitani, Susan McCouch, Juan David Arbelaez

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Aims: In rice, seminal root elongation plays an important role in acquisition of nutrients such as N and P, but the extent to which different N forms and P concentrations affect root growth is poorly understood. This study aimed to examine N- and P-mediated seminal root elongation response and to identify putative QTLs associated with seminal root elongation. Methods: Seminal root elongation was evaluated in 15 diverse wild and cultivated accessions of rice, along with 48 chromosome segment substitution lines (CSSLs) derived from a cross between the rice variety 'Curinga' and Oryza rufipogon (IRGC 105491). Root elongation in response to different forms of N (NH 4 + , NO 3 - and NH 4 NO 3 ) and concentrations of P was evaluated under hydroponic conditions, and associated putative QTL regions were identified. Results: The CSSL parents had contrasting root responses to N and P. Root elongation in O. rufipogon was insensitive to N source and concentration, whereas Curinga was responsive. In contrast to N, seminal root elongation and P concentration was positively correlated. Three putative QTLs for seminal root elongation in response to N were detected on chromosome 1, and one QTL on chromosome 3 was associated with low P concentration. Conclusions: Genetic variation in seminal root elongation and plasticity of nutrient response may be appropriate targets for marker-assisted selection to improve rice nutrient acquisition efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-315
Number of pages13
JournalPlant and Soil
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Chromosome segment substitution lines
  • N acquisition
  • NH response
  • Seminal root elongation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science


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