Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE B

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 130–146 | Cite as

Role of jasmonic acid in improving tolerance of rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) to Cd toxicity

  • Essa Ali
  • Nazim Hussain
  • Imran Haider Shamsi
  • Zahra Jabeen
  • Muzammil Hussain Siddiqui
  • Li-xi JiangEmail author


The well-known detrimental effects of cadmium (Cd) on plants are chloroplast destruction, photosynthetic pigment inhibition, imbalance of essential plant nutrients, and membrane damage. Jasmonic acid (JA) is an alleviator against different stresses such as salinity and drought. However, the functional attributes of JA in plants such as the interactive effects of JA application and Cd on rapeseed in response to heavy metal stress remain unclear. JA at 50 μmol/L was observed in literature to have senescence effects in plants. In the present study, 25 μmol/L JA is observed to be a “stress ameliorating molecule” by improving the tolerance of rapeseed plants to Cd toxicity. JA reduces the Cd uptake in the leaves, thereby reducing membrane damage and malondialdehyde content and increasing the essential nutrient uptake. Furthermore, JA shields the chloroplast against the damaging effects of Cd, thereby increasing gas exchange and photosynthetic pigments. Moreover, JA modulates the antioxidant enzyme activity to strengthen the internal defense system. Our results demonstrate the function of JA in alleviating Cd toxicity and its underlying mechanism. Moreover, JA attenuates the damage of Cd to plants. This study enriches our knowledge regarding the use of and protection provided by JA in Cd stress.


Rapeseed Cadmium Jasmonic acid Antioxidant enzyme Malondialdehyde Ultrastructure 

茉莉酸对油菜(Brassica napus L.)受镉毒害的 缓解作用



本研究目的在于了解:(1)喷施外源茉莉酸对受 到镉胁迫油菜的作用;(2)是否茉莉酸能够通过增强气体交换,从而保护受到氧化胁迫的地上部分组织的叶绿体,进而通过减少镉的吸收来维持 离子平衡;(3)是否通过喷施茉莉酸来对具有减 缓镉毒害效应的抗氧化酶的活性进行调节。




(1)叶片气体交换;(2)叶片光合色素分析;(3) 丙二醛与抗氧化酶活性分析;(4)营养成分分析; (5)透射电镜亚细胞水平观察。


茉莉酸对于植物受镉毒害的缓解作用的机理在于减少叶片中镉的积累,从而减轻氧化胁迫过程中产生的ROS 对于膜系统的损害程度。


油菜 镉 茉莉酸 抗氧化酶 丙二醛 超微结构 


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We thank Miss Mei LI of Zhejiang Key Laboratory of Crop Gene Resources, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China for her technical assistance and Miss Jun-ying LI of Electron Microscopy Center, Zhejiang University for processing TEM samples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zhejiang Key Laboratory of Crop Gene Resources, College of Agriculture and BiotechnologyZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Faculty of Agriculturethe University of PoonchRawalakot, Azad Jammu & KashmirPakistan
  3. 3.Department of BiosciencesCOMSATS Institute of Information TechnologyIslamabadPakistan

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