Inhibition of mugineic acid‐ferric complex uptake in barley by copper, zinc and cobalt

Jian Feng Ma, Kyosuke Nomoto

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The interfering effects of copper, zinc, and cobalt on the uptake of mugineic acid‐ferric complex were studied in barley (Hordeum vulgare, cv. Minorimugi) grown in nutrient solution. Short‐term uptake experiments of 3 h were performed utilizing both ionic and mugineic acid‐complex forms of each metal at two different concentrations. Copper was most effective in decreasing iron uptake when added in an ionic form at either concentration. The inhibition order at higher concentrations followed Cu(II) > Zn(II) ≥ Co(II), Co(III), which is consistent with the stability constants of these metal complexes with mugineic acid. The displacement of iron from its mugineic acid complex by these metals is suggested as a probable explanation for the decreased iron uptake. The inhibitory effect of metal complexes with mugineic acid on iron uptake was only found in cases with higher concentrations of Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes. Deformation of the specific iron transport system in the plasma membrane due to their adsorption may be responsible for this effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-334
Number of pages4
JournalPhysiologia Plantarum
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Barley
  • Hordeum vulgare
  • cobalt
  • copper
  • mugineic acid‐ferric complex
  • stability constant
  • uptake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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