Effect of repeated severe pruning on endogenous polyamine content in hazelnut trees

Manuel Rey, Carmen Diaz‐Sala, Roberto Rodriguez

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Endogenous polyamine content was determined in leaves and buds of adult and repeatedly severe pruned hazelnut trees (Corvlus avellana L.). Polyamine content in leaves from shoots obtained by forced outgrowth of branches taken from adult and pruned trees was also determined. Variations of polyamine levels in relation to pruning treatments were observed in all the analysed, tissues. Free polyamines increased in response to pruning treatments, mostly due to an increase in free putrescine. Free spermidine and spermine seemed to decrease with pruning intensity, whereas bound polyamines did not seem to correlate with treatments. Significantly, in all the analysed tissues the putrescine to spermidine plus spermine ratio increased in the free polyamine fraction. The results indicate that polyamine metabolism could play a role as a physiological marker for juvenility and rejuvenation in relation to cloning of woody plants. The possible role of polyamines in mediating and/or regulating phase change and reinvigoration is discussed. Copyright © 1994, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487 - 492
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiologia Plantarum
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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