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Mycorrhizal technology and phosphorus in the production of primary and secondary metabolites in cebil (Anadenanthera colubrina (Vell.) Brenan) seedlings

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  • Maria VL Pedone-Bonfim,

    1. Departamento de Micologia, Centro de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil
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  • Márlon A Lins,

    1. Laboratório de Enzimologia e Fitoquímica Aplicada à Micologia, Universidade de Pernambuco, Petrolina, PE, Brazil
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  • Ieda R Coelho,

    1. Departamento de Micologia, Centro de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil
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  • Angelo S Santana,

    1. Departamento de Micologia, Centro de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil
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  • Fábio SB Silva,

    1. Laboratório de Enzimologia e Fitoquímica Aplicada à Micologia, Universidade de Pernambuco, Petrolina, PE, Brazil
    2. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia Celular e Molecular Aplicada, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade de Pernambuco, Petrolina, PE, Brazil
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  • Leonor C Maia

    Corresponding author
    • Departamento de Micologia, Centro de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brazil
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Correspondence to: Leonor C Maia, Departamento de Micologia, Centro de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-420, Recife, PE, Brazil.E-mail: leonorcmaia@yahoo.com.br

Abstract

Background

The application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) can increase the growth and concentration of primary and secondary metabolites in several plant species. Cebil (Anadenanthera colubrina), a medicinal plant, benefits from mycorrhizal association, but the influence of the symbiosis on the production of its bioactive compounds is unknown. In this study the effect of mycorrhizal inoculation and phosphorus (P) supply on the production of primary and secondary metabolites in cebil seedlings was determined.

Results

The production of proteins and carbohydrates in terms of both concentration and content was enhanced by inoculation with AMF, but this benefit was mitigated at higher levels of P (30 and 50 mg dm−3 soil). The concentration of phenols, flavonoids and total tannins was favoured by mycorrhizal inoculation even at the highest levels of P (30 and 50 mg dm−3 soil).

Conclusion

The production of primary and secondary metabolites in leaves of A. colubrina can be maximised by mycorrhization, with the benefit depending on supplementation of soil phosphate.© 2012 Society of Chemical Industry

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