Different magnesium uptake and transport activity along the rice root axis revealed by 28Mg tracer experiments*

Natsuko I. Kobayashi, Naoko Iwata, Takayuki Saito, Hisashi Suzuki, Ren Iwata, Keitaro Tanoi, Tomoko M. Nakanishi

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We characterized magnesium (Mg) uptake and transport along the primary root of six-day-old rice seedlings (Oryza sativa L. cv. Nipponbare) using 28Mg as a radioactive tracer. We used a multi-compartment transport box, which separated the root region every 1 cm in order to apply 28Mg to a particular root region. Then, the root region was defined as R-A, R-B, and R-C in order from the root tip region to the lateral root-developing area. The amount of 28Mg taken up in the R-C region in 15 min, 1 h, and 3 h was nearly three times as much as that of R-A and R-B. Thirty percent to 50% of 28Mg absorbed from R-C was transported toward the lower part of the root. Furthermore, when 28Mg was absorbed from R-C, it was detected only in the root part lower than R-C after 5 min. In contrast, less than 5% of 28Mg absorbed from R-B was transported downward. This characteristic uptake and transport behavior was not observed with 32P(phosphorus)-phosphate or 45Ca (calcium). Our results demonstrate that Mg uptake and transport activity differ between root regions and further suggest that phloem loading of Mg occurs at R-C within minutes after uptake from the culture solution. Then, Mg is transported toward the root tip directly without going up the shoot.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalSoil Science and Plant Nutrition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr
Externally publishedYes


  • Mg tracer
  • magnesium
  • multi-compartment transport box
  • rice root
  • uptake and transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science


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