The Role of Abscisic Acid in Senescence of Detached Tobacco Leaves


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The role of abscisic acid in the regulation of senescence was investigated in detached tobacco leaves (Nicotiana rustica L.). Leaves senesced in darkness showed a sharp rise in abscisic acid level in the early stage of aging, followed by a rapid decline later. The same trend was found when leaves were aged in light, but the rise in abscisic acid occurred four days later than in darkness. Senescence was slower in light than in darkness, while salt stress accelerated the processes. Leaves treated with kinetin which senesced in light and darkness, did not show an increase in abscisic acid. Application of kinetin led to a transformation from free to bound ABA. These results may indicate that ABA and cytokinin are involved in a trigger mechanism which regulates senescence; the stage at which this trigger is activated determines the rate of senescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalPhysiologia Plantarum
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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