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Journal of Arid Land  2019, Vol. 11 Issue (5): 774-784    DOI: 10.1007/s40333-019-0015-8
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Effects of water stress and NaCl stress on different life cycle stages of the cold desert annual Lachnoloma lehmannii in China
MAMUT Jannathan1, Dunyan TAN1,2,*(), C BASKIN Carol1,3,4, M BASKIN Jerry1,3
1 Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Grassland Resources and Ecology and Ministry of Education, Key Laboratory for Western Arid Region Grassland Resources and Ecology, College of Grassland and Environment Sciences, Xinjiang Agricultural University, Urumqi 830052, China
2 College of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Jishou University, Jishou 416000, China
3 Department of Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, USA
4 Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546, USA
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For a plant species to complete its life cycle in arid and saline environments, each stage of the life cycle must be tolerant to the harsh environmental conditions. The aim of the study was to determine the effects of water stress (water potentials of -0.05, -0.16, -0.33, -0.56, -0.85 and -1.21 MPa) and NaCl stress (50, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 600 mmol/L NaCl) on seed germination percentage, seedling survival and growth, juvenile growth and plant reproduction of Lachnoloma lehmannii Bunge (Brassicaceae), an cold desert annual that grows in the Junggar Basin of Xinjiang, China in 2010. Results indicated that low water stress (-0.05 and -0.16 MPa) had no significant effect on seed germination percentage. With a decrease in water potential, germination percentage decreased, and no seeds germinated at -0.85 and -1.21 MPa water stresses. Germination percentage of seeds was significantly affected by NaCl stress, and higher germination percentages were observed under non-saline than saline conditions. An increase in NaCl concentrations progressively inhibited seed germination percentage, and no seeds germinated at ≥400 mmol/L NaCl concentration. Non-germinated seeds were transferred from both PEG (polyethylene glycol-6000) and NaCl solutions to distilled water for seed germination recovery. The number of surviving seedlings and their heights and root lengths significantly decreased as NaCl stress increased. About 30% of the plants survived and produced fruits/seeds at 200 mmol/L NaCl concentration. Thus, seed germination, seedling establishment and reproductive stage in the life cycle of L. lehmannii are water- and salt-tolerant, with seedlings being the least tolerant. These tolerances help explain why this species can survive and produce seeds in arid and saline habitats.

Key wordsdrought stress      Lachnoloma lehmannii      salinity tolerance      seed germination      seedling growth     
Published: 10 October 2019
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MAMUT Jannathan, Dunyan TAN, C BASKIN Carol, M BASKIN Jerry. Effects of water stress and NaCl stress on different life cycle stages of the cold desert annual Lachnoloma lehmannii in China. Journal of Arid Land, 2019, 11(5): 774-784.

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