Aims In rice, seminal root elongation plays an important role in acquisition of nutrients such as N and P, but the extent to which different N forms and P concentrations affect root growth is poorly understood. This study aimed to examine N- and P-mediated seminal root elongation response and to identify putative QTLs associated with seminal root elongation.
Methods Seminal root elongation was evaluated in 15 diverse wild and cultivated accessions of rice, along with 48 chromosome segment substitution lines (CSSLs) derived from a cross between the rice variety ‘Curinga’ and Oryza rufipogon (IRGC 105491). Root elongation in response to different forms of N (NH4 +, NO3 − and NH4NO3) and concentrations of P was evaluated under hydroponic conditions, and associated putative QTL regions were identified.
Results The CSSL parents had contrasting root responses to N and P. Root elongation in O. rufipogon was insensitive to N source and concentration, whereas Curinga was responsive. In contrast to N, seminal root elongation and P concentration was positively correlated. Three putative QTLs for seminal root elongation in response to N were detected on chromosome 1, and one QTL on chromosome 3 was associated with low P concentration.
Conclusions Genetic variation in seminal root elongation and plasticity of nutrient response may be appropriate targets for marker-assisted selection to improve rice nutrient acquisition efficiency.
Ogawa, S.; Gomez Selvaraj, M.; Joseph Fernando, A.; Lorieux, M.; Ishitani, M.; McCouch, S.; Arbelaez, J.D. N- and P-mediated seminal root elongation response in rice seedlings. Plant and Soil (2014) 375 (1-2) 303-315. [DOI: 10.1007/s11104-013-1955-y]