Biologia Plantarum

, 28:120 | Cite as

Effect of ínductive photoperiod and gibberellin treatment on peroxidase enzyme system in relation to floral induction inImpatiens balsamina L

  • N. Sawhney
  • S. Sawhney
Original Papers


Gibberellins A3 and A13 cause floral induction inImpatiens balsamina, a qualitative short day plant, under non-inductive 24-h photoperiods (continuous illumination). However, the influence of the two inductive factors,i.e. gibberellins and short days (8-h photoperiods) on the peroxidase enzyme system is different. The total peroxidase activity decreases under both inductive and non-inductive photoperiods, with or without gibberellin treatment. The electrophoretic pattern of isoperoxidases changes only in response to gibberellin treatment. Under 24-h photoperiods, treatment with gibberellins A3 and A13 causes the appearance in the stem of three additional isoenzymes of peroxidase (Rm 0.50, 0.71 and 0.76). These bands do not appear in the leaves, which are non-essential for gibberellin-caused floral induction in this plant. Under 8-h photoperiods also, gibberellins induce the appearance of new isoenzyme bandsi.e. two in the stem (Rm 0.50 and 0.76) and one in the leaves (Rm 0.05). These may be correlated with the synergistic increase in the number of floral buds in these plants in response to simultaneous exposure to two inductive factors.


Gibberellin Electrophoretic Pattern Extension Growth Floral Induction Disc Electrophoresis 
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  • N. Sawhney
    • 1
  • S. Sawhney
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentGuru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsarIndia

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