Apr 14, 2020

Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles (ZnONPs) as Nanofertilizer: Improvement on Seed Yield and Antioxidant Defense System in Soil Grown Soybean (Glycine max cv. Kowsar)

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E. Yusefi-TanhaLok R Pokhrel


Herein, we investigated potential phytotoxicity of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) on seed yield, focusing on particle size-, morphology-, and concentration-dependent responses of multiple antioxidant defense biomarkers, in soil-grown soybean (Glycine max cv. Kowsar) during its lifecycle. To this end, we synthesized three types of morphologically unique ZnONPs (spherical/ 38nm, floral-like/ 59nm, and rod-like/ >500nm); all with high purity, triclinic crystal structure and negative surface charge; and compared the toxicity with Zn2+ ions. Each pot received two seeds, placed in soil inoculated with N-fixing bacteria (Rhizobium japonicum) and grown outdoor for 120 days. Our findings demonstrated a significant particle size-, morphology-, and concentration-dependent influence of ZnONPs on seed yield, lipid peroxidation, and various antioxidant biomarkers in soybean. Our spherical 38nm ZnONPs were the most protective compared to the floral-like 59nm ZnONPs, rod-like >500nm ZnONPs, and Zn2+ ions, particularly up to 160 mg/kg. However, at the highest concentration of 400 mg/kg, spherical 38nm ZnONPs elicited the highest oxidative stress responses (H2O2 synthesis, MDA, SOD, CAT, POX) in soybean compared to the other two morphological...Continue Reading

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