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Physiologia Plantarum
Shore, L.S., Kimron Veterinary Institute, P. O. B. 12, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Kapulnik, Y., ARO, Volcani Center, P. O. B. 6, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Ben‐Dor, B., ARO, Volcani Center, P. O. B. 6, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Fridman, Y., ARO, Volcani Center, P. O. B. 6, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Wininger, S., ARO, Volcani Center, P. O. B. 6, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Shemesh, M., Kimron Veterinary Institute, P. O. B. 12, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) plants were grown in the absence or presence of the steroidal estrogens, estrone and 17β‐estradiol, under varying conditions. Plants were analysed for the following parameters: plant weight, estrogen content, phytoestrogen content, degree of nodulation and nitrogen fixation activity. It was found that under controlled greenhouse conditions: (1) Treatment with estrogens in the range of 0.005 to 0.5 μg 1−1 increases both shoot and root dry weitht. In contrast, estrogen in concentrations of 50 to 500 μg 1−1 decreases plant growth. (2) The effect of estrogen of growth is most marked in the absence of nitrogen. (3) Estrone is more effective in increasing growth than 17 β‐estradiol. (4) In the plants where estrogen induced growth there was no significant increase in nitrogen fixation activity and nodule number. (5) Endogenous estrogen content of the plant did not increase at concentrations (0.005‐0.5 μg 1−1) which increased vegetative growth. (6) Endogenous estrogen content of the plant did increase at concentrations of estrogen (50‐500 μg 1−1 which inhibited vegetative growth and nodule weight. It can be concluded that estrogen in concentrations found in sewage water (0.3 μg estrogen 1−1) can affect the vegetative growth of alfalfa plants. Copyright © 1992, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved
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Effects of estrone and 17 β‐estradiol on vegetative growth of Medicago sativa
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Shore, L.S., Kimron Veterinary Institute, P. O. B. 12, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Kapulnik, Y., ARO, Volcani Center, P. O. B. 6, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Ben‐Dor, B., ARO, Volcani Center, P. O. B. 6, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Fridman, Y., ARO, Volcani Center, P. O. B. 6, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Wininger, S., ARO, Volcani Center, P. O. B. 6, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Shemesh, M., Kimron Veterinary Institute, P. O. B. 12, Bet Dagan, 50 250, Israel
Effects of estrone and 17 β‐estradiol on vegetative growth of Medicago sativa
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) plants were grown in the absence or presence of the steroidal estrogens, estrone and 17β‐estradiol, under varying conditions. Plants were analysed for the following parameters: plant weight, estrogen content, phytoestrogen content, degree of nodulation and nitrogen fixation activity. It was found that under controlled greenhouse conditions: (1) Treatment with estrogens in the range of 0.005 to 0.5 μg 1−1 increases both shoot and root dry weitht. In contrast, estrogen in concentrations of 50 to 500 μg 1−1 decreases plant growth. (2) The effect of estrogen of growth is most marked in the absence of nitrogen. (3) Estrone is more effective in increasing growth than 17 β‐estradiol. (4) In the plants where estrogen induced growth there was no significant increase in nitrogen fixation activity and nodule number. (5) Endogenous estrogen content of the plant did not increase at concentrations (0.005‐0.5 μg 1−1) which increased vegetative growth. (6) Endogenous estrogen content of the plant did increase at concentrations of estrogen (50‐500 μg 1−1 which inhibited vegetative growth and nodule weight. It can be concluded that estrogen in concentrations found in sewage water (0.3 μg estrogen 1−1) can affect the vegetative growth of alfalfa plants. Copyright © 1992, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved
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