Plants from the field were harvested at the Cdos stage, screened for their tap root diameter (0.6–1.0 cm), before being acclimated in a climate-controlled room under hydroponic culture conditions as described in the previous section. Developmental stages were estimated from the phenological calendar established by the Bayer, BASF, Ciba and Hoechst companies. Nine plants for each developmental stage of the growth cycle were used for measuring HATS influx and BnNrt2 mRNA abundance. Six other plants were used for assaying amino acids content in phloem exudates.
Test step step step 3 (amino acid outcomes)
Six pots of 25 plants were first transferred to N-free nutrient solution for 12 h before being transferred to a new nutrient solution containing 1 m m KNO3 and either 100 µ m GABA, 1 m m GABA, 1 m m Gln, 1 m m Glu or 1 m m Asn for 12 h. At the end of the treatments, HATS influx, BnNrt2 mRNA abundance and root amino acids content were measured on six, two and three replicates, respectively.
Plant picking, nitrogen and you can isotope investigation
In order to measure nitrate influx, plants of the three experiments were grown in hydroponic tanks and were treated according to the particular experimental design. Continue reading