Temporal changes of polyphenols and enzyme activities in seedlings of Kandelia obovata under lead and manganese stresses

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  • Zhong Zheng Yan
  • Nora Fung Yee Tam


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-444
Journal / PublicationMarine Pollution Bulletin
Issue number5-12
Publication statusPublished - 2011


The temporal responses of peroxidase (POD), superoxide dismutase (SOD), total polyphenols (TP), extractable condensed tannins (ECT) to different levels of lead (Pb) or manganese (Mn) stress, as well as the metal accumulation, in seedlings of Kandelia obovata were investigated. Both stress time and stress intensity had significant effects with significant accumulation of Pb and Mn in roots at Day 1. Pb and Mn showed no significant effects on root or leaf TP and ECT at Day 1. Prolonged exposure to metals caused significant drops of root TP and ECT but increased in leaves at Days 7 and 49. POD activities decreased in both roots and leaves at Day 1, while POD and SOD both increased under moderate levels of Pb and Mn at Day 7. The present study showed that antioxidative enzyme activities were more sensitive indicators to Pb or Mn stresses than phenolic compounds. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Heavy metals, Kandelia obovata, Peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, Tannin