L Sebastiani

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During the period of senescence of apricot leaves changes in photosynthetic pigment contents and in the activities of some antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase, catalase, peroxidase and ascorbate peroxidase) were analysed. Significant changes in pigment contents were, in most cases, correlated with changes in activities of the antioxidant enzymes.(More)
In this study, the effects of non-hazardous levels of heavy metal (Zn, Cu, Cr and Cd)-enriched organic waste on biomass partitioning and heavy metal accumulation in plant organs in July and October were determined for two poplar clones (Populus deltoides × maximowiczii—clone Eridano and P. × euramericana—clone I-214) commonly used in Italian poplar(More)
Olea europaea L. is a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean basin with a worldwide economical high impact. Differently from other fruit tree species, little is known about the physiological and molecular basis of the olive fruit development and a few sequences of genes and gene products are available for olive in public databases. This study deals with(More)
Transition metals such as zinc (Zn) are essential micronutrients for many physiological processes, but they become toxic at elevated levels. Zinc is one of the most abundant trace heavy metals present in agro-ecosystems. Populus spp. have been suggested as good candidates for using to study the removal and/or immobilization of environmental organic and(More)
Rootstocks of fruit trees, commonly used to regulate growth, precocity, fertility, and yield, can also be used to solve problems associated with soils pollution such as copper excess. Despite their potential use for phytoremediation, information on the physiological, biochemical, and molecular aspects of heavy metal toxicity stress on fruit tree rootstocks(More)
We investigated the effect of high copper (Cu) concentrations on poplar woody cuttings (Populus× euramericana) clone Adda in order to estimate the degree of metal tolerance. Metal accumulation was also investigated to determine where and to what extent Cu is stored within the plant. Plant responses to Cu were determined comparing biomass growth and(More)
Net photosynthesis, dark respiration, chlorophyll and carbohydrate content, and leaf and shoot growth of deciduous peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch] saplings, grown in greenhouse conditions, were measured to assess changes in carbon balance during leaf development. The 6th, 12th, and 16th leaf node were measured from the first flush at the base through(More)
Olive (Olea europaea L.) is one of the oldest agricultural tree crops worldwide and is an important source of oil with beneficial properties for human health. This emblematic tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin, which has conserved a very wide germplasm estimated in more than 1,200 cultivars, is a diploid species (2n = 2x = 46) that is present in two(More)
Plants can remove or immobilize various environmental contaminants; however, little is known about the physiological mechanisms underlying responses to soil amendment with biosolids contaminated with heavy metals. We investigated the responses of cuttings of hybrid poplar clones Eridano and I-214 grown for a season in soil amended with nutrient-rich organic(More)
Plants of Miscanthus sinensis (cv. Giganteus) were grown in hydroponics for three months in nutrient solution with 0, 2.2, 4.4 and 6.6 μM CdNO3. Growth parameters, catalase (CAT), guaiacol peroxidase (POD), ascorbate peroxidase (APX) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activities were analysed in leaves and roots collected after 1-and 3-month exposure. Dry(More)