Response of rice to Al stress and identification of quantitative trait loci for Al tolerance

Jian Feng Ma, Renfang Shen, Zhuqing Zhao, Matthias Wissuwa, Yoshinobu Takeuchi, Takeshi Ebitani, Masahiro Yano

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Rice (Oryza sativa L.) shows the highest tolerance to Al toxicity among small-grain cereal crops, however, the mechanisms and genetics responsible for its high Al tolerance are not yet well understood. We investigated the response of rice to Al stress using the japonica variety Koshihikari in comparison to the indica variety Kasalath. Koshihikari showed higher tolerance at various Al concentrations than Kasalath. The Al content in root apexes was less in Koshihikari than in Kasalath, suggesting that exclusion mechanisms rather than internal detoxification are acting in Koshihikari. Al-induced secretion of citrate was observed in both Koshihikari and Kasalath, however, it is unlikely to be the mechanism for Al tolerance because there was no significant difference in the amount of citrate secreted between Koshihikari and Kasalath. Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for Al tolerance were mapped in a population of 183 backcross inbred lines (BILs) derived from a cross of Koshihikari and Kasalath. Three putative QTLs controlling Al tolerance were detected on chromosomes 1, 2 and 6. Kasalath QTL alleles on chromosome 1 and 2 reduced Al tolerance but increased tolerance on chromosome 6. The three QTLs explained about 27% of the phenotypic variation in Al tolerance. The existence of QTLs for Al tolerance was confirmed in substitution lines for corresponding chromosomal segments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-659
Number of pages8
JournalPlant and Cell Physiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Aluminum
  • Backcross inbred line
  • Exclusion
  • QTLs
  • Rice
  • Tolerance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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