INSTITUTO DE QUIMICA, FISICA DE LOS MATERIALES, MEDIOAMBIENTE Y ENERGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Arsenic effects on some photophysical parameters of Cichorium intybus under different radiation and water irrigation regimes
CORDON, GABRIELA; LAGORIO, M. GABRIELA; CIRELLI, ALICIA FERNÁNDEZ; IRIEL, ANALIA
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2018 vol. 204 p. 398 - 398
The presence of arsenic (As) in groundwater is a major problem in several parts of Latin America. In the present work, non-destructive approaches to monitor the effects of As on plants of Cichorium intybus, an herbaceous Asteraceae, were explored. In this sense, the effects of As at different levels of water andradiation were evaluated on these crops. Plants were grown in a greenhouse, watered daily with As solutions and exposed to different water and/or light conditions for four months, using a three-factor (As, water, radiation) and two-level resource (As vs non As, field capacity vs half-field capacity condition, light vs shade condition) factorial design. The parameters most affected by this treatment were the area under the first derivative of the reflectance spectrum in the blue region, chlorophyll concentration, the Fred/Ffarred fluorescence ratio and the quantum yield for the photophysical decay. These changes indicated the ability of this plant species to be a biomonitor for the presence of arsenic in irrigation water. Interestingly,it was further proved in this work that the biomonitoring capacity was enhanced in the presence of sunlight.