Changes in antioxidant metabolism of Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. by propiconazole under water deficit stress

P. Manivannan, C. Abdul Jaleel, A. Kishorekumar, B. Sankar, R. Somasundaram, R. Sridharan, R. Panneerselvam

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In the present study, a pot culture experiment was conducted to estimate the ameliorating effect of propiconazole (PCZ) on drought stress in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) plants. From 30 days after sowing (DAS), the plants were subjected to 3, 6 and 9 days interval drought (DID) stress and drought stress with PCZ at 15 and 15 mg l-1 PCZ alone and 1 day interval irrigation was kept as control. The plant samples were collected on 34 DAS (3 DID), 37 DAS (6 DID) and 40 DAS (9 DID). The plants were separated into root, stem and leaf for estimating the antioxidant contents and activities of antioxidant enzymes. Individual and combined drought stress and PCZ treatments increased ascorbic acid (AA), α-tocopherol (α-toc) contents, superoxide dismutase (SOD), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), catalase (CAT) and polyphenol oxidase (PPO) activities when compared to control. The PCZ treatment mitigated the adverse effects of drought stress by increasing the antioxidant potentials and thereby paved the way for overcoming drought stress in V. unguiculata plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Antioxidants
  • Drought
  • Propiconazole
  • Vigna unguiculata

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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