Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 149–152 | Cite as

Chitinase and peroxidase activities in sunflower hypocotyls: Effects of BTH and inoculation with Plasmopara halstedii

  • A. Roldán Serrano
  • J. Luna del Castillo
  • J. Jorrín Novo
  • A. Fernández Ocaña
  • M. V. Gómez Rodríguez
Brief Communication


Systemic acquired resistance (SAR) can be induced in plants by incompatible pathogens, pathogen derived extracts, or certain chemicals as benzothiadiazole (BTH). The aim of this work was to compare changes in peroxidase and chitinase activities, enzymes considered as PR-proteins, caused by BTH and the pathogen Plasmopara halstedii. Hypocotyls from susceptible and resistant BTH-treated sunflower seedlings showed increased peroxidase and chitinase activities. Inoculation with P. halstedii increased chitinase and peroxidase activities in inoculated hypocotyls from susceptible but not from resistant sunflower seedlings.

Additional key words

Helianthus annuus plant defense mildew 



acquired resistance


benzo[1,2,3]thiadiazole-7-carbothioic acid S-methyl ester


diffusion solution


2,6-dichloroisonicotinic acid


local acquired resistance


pathogenesis related proteins


systemic acquired resistance


total extract


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Roldán Serrano
    • 1
  • J. Luna del Castillo
    • 2
  • J. Jorrín Novo
    • 3
  • A. Fernández Ocaña
    • 1
  • M. V. Gómez Rodríguez
    • 1
  1. 1.Fisiología Vegetal, Facultad de Ciencias ExperimentalesUniversidad de JaénJaénEspaña
  2. 2.Bioestadística, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad de GranadaGranadaEspaña
  3. 3.Universidad de CórdobaCórdobaEspaña

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