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Soil salinity and drought are major abiotic factors that limit crop growth and productivity worldwide. Indeed, soil salinity and drought disrupt the cellular ionic and osmotic balance. Although silicon (Si) is generally considered nonessential for plant growth and developments, Si uptake by plants can alleviate both biotic and abiotic stresses. Silicon(More)
Sand culture experiments were designed to investigate the effect and mechanism of exogenous silicon on salt tolerance of tomato plants. Plant growth, photosynthetic gas exchange, water status, ion accumulation, root morphological traits, root water uptake and antioxidant defense were analyzed under 150 mM NaCl without or with application of 2 mM silicon.(More)
The aim of this study was to isolate a glycerol-producing yeast strain from nature to prepare glycerol-enriched yeast culture (GY), and preliminarily evaluate the effects of GY on blood metabolites and ruminal fermentation in goats. During the trial, six isolates were isolated from unprocessed honey, and only two isolates with higher glycerol yield were(More)
A total of 75 male mice were allotted to five groups of 15 each in a completely randomized experimental design to study the effects of probiotics, inorganic selenium, and selenium-enriched probiotics on male fertility in hyperlipidemic status. The mice in group 1 were fed a normal basal diet and served as negative control. The mice in group 2 were fed a(More)
Tocochromanol, or vitamin E, plays a crucial role in human and animal nutrition and is synthesized only by photosynthetic organisms. γ-Tocopherol methyltransferase (γ-TMT), one of the key enzymes in the tocopherol biosynthetic pathway in plants, converts γ, δ-tocopherols into α-, β-tocopherols. Tocopherol content was investigated in 15 soybean cultivars and(More)
The mechanism for silicon-mediated salt tolerance is still not very clear. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible role of silicon in regulating carbohydrate metabolism in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). Two cucumber cultivars (‘JinYou 1’ and ‘JinChun 5’) grown hydroponically were subjected to 75 mM NaCl stress in the absence or presence of(More)
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