Russian Journal of Ecology

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 375–383 | Cite as

Features of Prooxidant and Antioxidant Systems of Greater Plantain Plantago major Growing for a Long Time under Conditions of Radioactive Contamination

  • N. S. Shimalina
  • N. A. Orekhova
  • V. N. PozolotinaEmail author


The viability and state of the prooxidant and antioxidant systems of Plantago major seed progeny from cenopopulations growing for a long time at the East-Ural Radioactive Trace (EURT) has been estimated. Radiation doses of maternal plants have been calculated using our empirical data in ERICA Tool. The absorbed dose rates for plantain in the EURT zone varied from 19 to 157 μGy/h, which is 178–1455 times higher than the background values. These relatively low levels of chronic irradiation did not cause a significant decrease in the survival rate of P. major seed progeny; the rate of root and leaf growth decreased only in seedlings from the most polluted cenopopulation. A prooxidant shift was revealed in seedlings from the EURT zone. Given the same regime of enzyme protection (SOD, CAT, and POX) against active oxygen forms, the average rate of accumulation of secondary products of lipid peroxidation (MDA) was 3.3 times higher in impact samples than in background samples. The level of prooxidant shift in impact samples is not linearly related to dose rates that are classified as low doses.


East-Ural Radioactive Trace ERICA Tool doses cenopopulations Plantago major L. seed progeny viability prooxidant shift antioxidant protection systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. S. Shimalina
    • 1
  • N. A. Orekhova
    • 1
  • V. N. Pozolotina
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Ural BranchRussian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussia

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