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Bryophytes can recognize their neighbours through volatile organic compounds

Vicherova, Eliska and Glinwood, Robert and Hajek, Tomas and Smilauer, Petr and Ninkovic, Velemir (2020). Bryophytes can recognize their neighbours through volatile organic compounds. Scientific Reports. 10 , 7405
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Abstract

Communication between vascular plants through volatile organic compounds (VOCs) impacts on ecosystem functioning. However, nothing is known about that between non-vascular plants. To investigate plant-plant VOCs interaction in bryophytes we exposed rare peatland moss Hamatocaulis vernicosus to VOCs of its common competitor Sphagnum flexuosum in an air-flow system of connected containers under artificial light, supplemented or unsupplemented by far-red (FR) light. When exposed to VOCs of S. flexuosum, shoots of H. vernicosus elongated and emitted six times higher amounts of a compound chemically related to beta -cyclocitral, which is employed in stress signalling and allelopathy in vascular plants. The VOCs emission was affected similarly by FR light addition, possibly simulating competition stress. This is the first evidence of plant-plant VOCs interaction in non-vascular plants, analogous to that in vascular plants. The findings open new possibilities for understanding the language and evolution of communication in land plants.

Authors/Creators:Vicherova, Eliska and Glinwood, Robert and Hajek, Tomas and Smilauer, Petr and Ninkovic, Velemir
Title:Bryophytes can recognize their neighbours through volatile organic compounds
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:10
Article number:7405
Number of Pages:11
Publisher:Springer Nature
ISSN:2045-2322
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Botany
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107796
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107796
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DOI10.1038/s41598-020-64108-y
Web of Science (WoS)000560029200008
ID Code:17578
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Crop Production Ecology
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
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Deposited On:22 Sep 2020 10:15
Metadata Last Modified:22 Sep 2020 11:28

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