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Influence of exogenous application of glycine betaine on strawberry

Glycine betaine (GB) plays a crucial role in plants and in their response to abiotic stress. This experiment was conducted to evaluate the application of glycine betaine (GB) and its ability to alleviate the effects of salinity stress (SS) on fruit yield and ion accumulation in strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa Duch cv. Paros).

Three levels of SS (0, 20, and 40 mM NaCl) and GB (0, 5, 10 mM) were used on the plants in a greenhouse experiment. The results indicated that increasing the salinity level reduced the yield and altered the dynamism of ion accumulation. Leaf area, relative water content (RWC), leaf fresh weight, and yield decreased under salinity stress (36.7%, 9.2%, 28%, and 41%, respectively), especially at 40 mM NaCl. Under SS, there was an increase in the Na content of the roots, fruits, and leaves (78%, 54%, and 78%, respectively) as well as in the K content of the fruits (50%), but with a decrease in the K content of the leaves (29%) and the roots (25%), and P content of the leaves (55%).

Overall, salinity increased the Na content but reduced the K/Na ratio. Salinity and glycine betaine interactions had a significant effect on the Na content of the roots and leaves, the K content in the leaves, and the K/Na ratio in the leaves and roots. At 40 mM NaCl, using 10 mM GB reduced the leaf and root Na content by 22% and 30%, respectively. Although the application of exogenous GB on strawberries changed the pattern of ion accumulation, it was not effective in diminishing the adverse effects of salinity stress on strawberry plants cv. 'Paros.'

Read the complete research at

Alaei, Shima & Mahna, Nasser. (2023). Influence of Exogenous Application of Glycine Betaine on Growth and Ion Accumulation in Strawberry Plants under Saline Condition. 10. 41-52. 10.22059/ijhst.2022.333892.516. 

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