Cereal Research Communications

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 519–526 | Cite as

Cold Stress Response of Wheat Genotypes Having Different Rc Alleles

  • E. I. Gordeeva
  • O. Y. Shoeva
  • E. K. KhlestkinaEmail author


Nine wheat genotypes differing by Rc (red coleoptile) alleles were investigated for the dynamics of seedling growth and relative anthocyanin content in the coleoptiles in response to cold. The stressed genotypes showed either reduced, similar or increased anthocyanin content compared to unstressed plants. This difference can be partially explained by the allelic state of the Rc genes. In ‘Saratovskaya 29’ weak Rc allele causes low anthocyanin content under optimal growth conditions. Upon cold treatment the level of anthocyanins decreased, whereas it increased in two near isogenic lines (NILs) with strong Rc alleles developed on ‘Saratovskaya 29’, and in some other genotypes having high anthocyanin content under optimal growth conditions. The changes in anthocyanin content correlated negatively with the changes of growth parameters in response to cold stress, suggesting the presence of some stress-dependent regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis in wheat coleoptiles.


Triticum wheat red coleoptile anthocyanin genetic variability cold stress response 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. I. Gordeeva
    • 1
  • O. Y. Shoeva
    • 1
  • E. K. Khlestkina
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Cytology and Genetics (ICG)Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussian Federation

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