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Salt Stress Induces Shoot Formation and Physiological and Biochemical Changes in Miscanthus sacchariflorus

Chuntao Hong, Bingsong Zheng, Haipeng Guo and Jianhong Zhang

Abstract

Miscanthus sacchariflorus is an important perennial bioenergy feedstock. To investigate its responses to salt stress, M. sacchariflorus were grown hydroponically for 14 d with the different concentrations of NaCl (0, 50, 100 and 200 mM). Our results showed that NaCl treatment significantly inhibited plant growth and net photosynthetic rate of M.

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Polyketide-Derived Alkaloids and Anthraquinones in Aloe Plants and Cell Cultures

Hannu Hotti, Suvi T. Hakkinen, Tuulikki Seppanen-Laakso and Heiko Rischer

Abstract

Plants of the genus Aloe L are known to be rich in secondary metabolites such as anthraquinones and flavonoids. Only twelve out of about 400 species contain piperidine alkaloids. Representative species of this group, Aloe gariepensis Pillans, A. globuligemma Pole Evans and A. viguieri H.

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