Effect of biodegradable chelating ligand on iron bioavailability and radish growth

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Journal Article
Journal of Plant Nutrition, 2010, 33 (6), pp. 933 - 942
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The effect of chelating ligands on iron (Fe) uptake and growth of radish (Raphanus sativus L.) was investigated. The ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) increased 55Fe uptake in roots of radish though its subsequent translocation from roots to shoots and leaves did not increase. About 70%-80% of the total 55Fe was distributed in the roots while about 5%-15% and 11%-17% were in shoots and leaves, respectively. The EDTA increased iron uptake into the roots of radish, but not in the above ground parts of the plant. The growth of radish (Raphanus sativus L.) decreased drastically in alkaline condition (pH > 9), even though the concentration of iron was sufficient in the growth medium. The growth of radish was enhanced successfully by the addition of hydroxyiminodisuccinic acid (HIDS) and EDTA. This might be because HIDS and EDTA solubilize iron from its precipitation with hydroxides at higher pH, and increase iron bioavailability. The influence of EDTA and HIDS on radish growth was comparable. Increase of radish growth by ethylenediaminedisuccinic acid (EDDS) and methylglicinediacetic acid (MGDA) was less than those by EDTA and HIDS. Considering the reproducibility of the radish growth (biomass production) at pH 10, HIDS is supposed to be more effective compared to EDTA. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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