Metabolic alterations in pisum sativum roots during plant growth and arbuscular mycorrhiza development

Oksana Shtark, Galina Avdeeva, Vladislav Yemelyanov, Alexey Shavarda, Daria Romanyuk, Marina Kliukova, Anastasia Kirpichnikova, Igor Tikhonovich, Vladimir Zhukov, Maria Shishova

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Intensive exchange of nutrients is a crucial part of the complex interaction between a host plant and fungi within arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis. For the first time, the present study demonstrates how inoculation with AMF Rhizophagus irregularis affects the pea (Pisum sativum L.) root metabolism at key stages of plant development. These correspond to days 21 (vegetation), 42 (flowering initiation), and 56 (fruiting-green pod). Metabolome profiling was carried out by means of a state-of-the-art GC-MS technique. The content shifts revealed include lipophilic compounds, sugars, carboxylates, and amino acids. The metabolic alterations were principally dependent on the stage of plant development but were also affected by the development of AM fungi, a fact which highlights interaction between symbiotic partners. The comparison of the present data with the results of leaf metabolome profiling earlier obtained did not reveal common signatures of metabolic response to mycorrhization in leaves and roots. We supposed that the feedback for the development and symbiotic interaction on the part of the supraorganismic system (root + AM fungi) was the cause of the difference between the metabolic profile shift in leaf and root cells that our examination revealed. New investigations are required to expand our knowledge of metabolome plasticity of the whole organism and/or system of organisms, and such results might be put to use for the intensification of sustainable agriculture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1033
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2021

Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Plant Science


  • Arbuscular mycorrhiza
  • Metabolic profile
  • Pisum sativum
  • Plant growth and development
  • Root


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