Journal of Plant Physiology & Pathology .ISSN: 2329-955X

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Research Article, J Plant Physiol Pathol Vol: 8 Issue: 3

A Comparison of Zinc, Phosphorous and Potassium Levels in Leaves and Fruit Pulp of Healthy and Huanglongbing Affected Citrus Cultivars

Khadija Gilani1, Shagufta Naz1, Farheen Aslam1 and William Gurley2*

1Department of Biotechnology, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore 543000, Pakistan

2Department of Microbiology & Cell Science, University of Florida, Gainesville 32611-0700, USA

*Corresponding Author : William Gurley
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Received: November 11, 2018 Accepted: November 28, 2018 Published: January 04, 2019

Citation: Gilani K, Naz S, Aslam F, Gurley W (2019) A Comparison of Zinc, Phosphorous and Potassium Levels in Leaves and Fruit Pulp of Healthy and Huanglongbing Affected Citrus Cultivars. J Plant Physiol Pathol 7:1. doi: 10.4172/2329-955X.1000192

Abstract

Mineral nutrition plays an important role in the growth and development of plants and is a significant factor in plant disease defense. In order to determine whether the distribution pattern of mineral nutrients is correlated with the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease status, leaf and pulp samples were collected from fifteen healthy and HLB-affected cultivars of citrus from the Sargodha district of Pakistan. Samples were removed from the field-grown trees and their HLB status determined by quantitative PCR. The levels of zinc (Zn), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K) were measured by inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Pulp tissues contained lower levels of all three minerals regardless of the infection status. No significant change (t-test) was found in K levels associated with the HLB-affected leaves (p=0.7843) or pulp (p=0.0997). Phosphorous decreased 9% (p=0.0437) in leaves and increased 29% (p=0.0120) in pulp in HLB-affected samples compared to healthy. Zn showed a 31% (p<0.0001) decrease in infected leaves but no change in the pulp tissue (p=0.6728). These results indicate that the partitioning of Zn and P between leaves and fruit was differently affected by the HLB-infection status of the tree. However, no relationship between HLB infection status and K was observed.

Keywords: Citrus greening; HLB; Mineral nutrients; Resorption; Citrus sinensis; Citrus reticulate; Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus

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