Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 30, pp 31166–31177 | Cite as

Differential responses of growth, photosynthesis, oxidative stress, metals accumulation and NRAMP genes in contrasting Ricinus communis genotypes under arsenic stress

  • Rajani Singh
  • Ambuj Bhushan Jha
  • Amarendra Narayan Misra
  • Pallavi SharmaEmail author
Research Article


Effect of arsenate [As(V)] on biomass, photosynthetic rate, stomatal conductance, transpiration, oxidative stress, accumulation of As, Fe, Zn, Cu and Mn and expression of NRAMP genes was investigated in As(V) tolerant and sensitive genotypes of bioenergy crop Ricinus communis. As(V) treatments (100 and 200 μM) led to significant reduction in root and leaf biomass, photosynthetic rate, stomatal conductance and transpiration in GCH 2 and GCH 4 genotypes but no significant change or increase was observed in WM and DCH 177 genotypes. No significant difference was observed in hydrogen peroxide content and lipid peroxidation in As(V)-treated tolerant genotypes compared to control, whereas these parameters enhanced significantly in As(V)-treated sensitive genotypes. GCH 2 accumulated around two times As in leaves and showed significant reduction in concentration of Zn and Mn in the leaves and roots due to 200 μM As(V) treatment compared to WM. NRAMP genes are critical for uptake and distribution of essential divalent metal cations, photosynthesis and controlled production of reactive oxygen species in plants. RcNRAMP2, RcNRAMP3 and RcNRAMP5 genes showed differential expression in response to 200 μM As(V) in GCH 2 and WM suggesting that NRAMP genes are associated with differential responses of WM and GCH 2 genotypes to As(V) stress.


Ricinus communis NRAMP Photosynthesis Lipid peroxidation Hydrogen peroxide 



We acknowledge the Indian Institute of Oilseeds Research (IIOR), Hyderabad and Yugantar Bharati Analytical & Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Ranchi, for the determination of metal concentration using AAS. PS is thankful to DST-SERB project no. ECR/2016/000888 and UGC-Start-up grant no. F.4-5(107-FRP)/2014(BSR) for financial support. DBT Builder project no. BT/PR-9028/INF/22/193/2013 is greatly acknowledged. RS is thankful for CUJ University Fellowship during the period of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Life SciencesCentral University of JharkhandRanchiIndia
  2. 2.Crop Development Centre, Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  3. 3.Khallikote Cluster UniversityBerhampurIndia

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