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Tracing the acclimation of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) populations to climatic stress by analyzing the antioxidant system

Eszter Visi-Rajczi (1)   , Tamás Hofmann (1), Levente Albert (1), Csaba Mátyás (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 14, Issue 2, Pages 95-103 (2021)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor3542-013
Published: Mar 01, 2021 - Copyright © 2021 SISEF

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Through a common garden (provenance) experiment, we investigated the metabolic responses to climatic stress with regard to the acclimation potential of different European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) populations. Selected enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants were analyzed in leaves. Peroxidase (POD) and polyphenol oxidase (PPO) enzyme activity, total protein content as well as ABTS [2.2’-azino-bis-(3-etylbenzothiazoline)-6-sulphonic acid] antioxidant capacity were measured in the leaves of selected populations. Major leaf polyphenols were identified and their relative amounts were compared. Significant correlations were found between phenotypic (diameter growth) response to simulated climatic stress and the activity (and amount) of selected chemical components. The concentrations of certain polyphenols, POD enzyme activity, and total protein content may be chemical indicators of the acclimation potential of populations and may contribute to the forecasting of climate change effects, which can aid in the selection of suitable propagation material for adaptive silviculture.

  Keywords


Beech, Drought Stress, Antioxidants, Phenotypic Plasticity, Provenance Trial, Climate Change

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(1)
Eszter Visi-Rajczi 0000-0003-0723-9885
Tamás Hofmann 0000-0002-1928-7879
Levente Albert
Institute of Chemistry, University of Sopron, Sopron, 9400 (Hungary)
(2)
Csaba Mátyás 0000-0001-6095-7611
Institute of Environmental and Earth Sciences, University of Sopron, Sopron, 9400 (Hungary)

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Visi-Rajczi E, Hofmann T, Albert L, Mátyás C (2021). Tracing the acclimation of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) populations to climatic stress by analyzing the antioxidant system. iForest 14: 95-103. - doi: 10.3832/ifor3542-013

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Claudia Cocozza

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Received: Jun 04, 2020
Accepted: Dec 24, 2020

First online: Mar 01, 2021
Publication Date: Apr 30, 2021
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