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Effects of Potassium Nutrition on Ribonucleic Acid and Ribonuclease in Zea mays L.

Theodore C. Hsiao, R. H. Hageman and E. H. Tyner
Plant Physiology
Vol. 43, No. 12 (Dec., 1968), pp. 1941-1946
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4261566
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Effects of Potassium Nutrition on Ribonucleic Acid and Ribonuclease in Zea mays L.
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Abstract

Potassium deficiency decreased the total RNA per shoot in corn (Zea mays L.) seedlings due to the reduced sizes of the plant, but increased the ratio of RNA to dry matter as much as 40%. Total base composition of RNA was unaffected by K+ deficiency. Thus K+ deficiency does not appear to alter RNA metabolism to such an extent that a lack of RNA becomes a factor limiting growth. The RNA contents of leaves were followed as deficiency developed or as the plant recovered from deficiency. Such time-course studies, although extremely useful in microbial work, did not yield as much information with higher plants. The ratio of RNA to dry matter in younger leaves was much higher than that in older leaves. The ribonuclease level in corn shoots was increased as much as threefold by K+ deficiency.

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