The concentration of ascorbic acid and glutathione in 13 provenances of Acacia melanoxylon

Agnieszka Wujeska-Klause*, Gerd Bossinger, Michael Tausz

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Climate change can negatively affect sensitive tree species, affecting their acclimation and adaptation strategies. A common garden experiment provides an opportunity to test whether responses of trees from different provenances are genetically driven and if this response is related to factors at the site of origin. We hypothesized that antioxidative defence systems and leaf mass area of Acacia melanoxylon R. Br. samples collected from different provenances will vary depending on local rainfall. Thirteen provenances of A. melanoxylon originating from different rainfall habitats (500-2000 mm) were grown for 5 years in a common garden. For 2 years, phyllode samples were collected during winter and summer, for measurements of leaf mass area and concentrations of glutathione and ascorbic acid. Leaf mass area varied between seasons, years and provenances of A. melanoxylon, and an increase was associated with decreasing rainfall at the site of origin. Ascorbic acid and glutathione concentrations varied between seasons, years (i.e., environmental factors) and among provenances of A. melanoxylon. In general, glutathione and ascorbic acid concentrations were higher in winter compared with summer. Ascorbic acid and glutathione were different among provenances, but this was not associated with rainfall at the site of origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-532
Number of pages9
JournalTree Physiology
Issue number4
Early online date9 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • common garden
  • genotype x environment
  • LMA
  • seasonal conditions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science


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