Growth and Physiological Responses of Quinoa to Drought and Temperature Stress

Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, Wiley, ISSN 0931-2250

Volume 202, 6, 2016

DOI:10.1111/jac.12167, Dimensions: pub.1026946133,


Yang, A. (1)
Akhtar, S. S. (1) (2)
Amjad, M. (3)
Iqbal, S. (1) (4)



  1. (1) University of Copenhagen, grid.5254.6, KU
  2. (2) Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research, grid.484648.2
  3. (3) Department of Environmental Sciences COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Vehari Pakistan
  4. (4) University of Agriculture Faisalabad, grid.413016.1









Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.), traditionally called the mother of grains, has the potential to grow under high temperatures and drought, tolerating levels regarded as stresses in other crop species. A pot experiment was conducted in a climate chamber to investigate the potential of quinoa tolerance to increasing drought and temperature. Quinoa plants were subjected to three irrigation and two temperature regimes. At low temperature, the day/night climate chamber temperature was maintained at 18/8 °C and 25/20 °C for high temperature throughout the treatment period. The irrigation treatments were full irrigation (FI), deficit irrigation (DI) and alternate root-zone drying (ARD). FI plants were irrigated daily to the level of the pot's water-holding capacity. In DI and ARD, 70 % water of FI was applied either to the whole pot or to one side of the pot alternating, respectively. The results indicated that plant height and shoot dry weight significantly decreased by ARD and DI compared to FI treatment both at low and at high temperatures. However, plants in ARD treatment showed significantly higher plant height and shoot dry weight compared to DI especially at higher temperature, which is linked to increased xylem ion content. Higher quinoa plant growth in ARD was associated with increase in water-use efficiency (WUEi) due to higher abscisic acid concentration and higher nutrient contents compared to DI. From results, it can be concluded that quinoa plant growth is favoured by high temperature (25/20 °C) and ARD is an effective irrigation strategy to increase WUE in drought prone areas.

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