The Study of the Mutagenic Effect of Carbon Dioxide on Soybean line T-219 (Glycine max (l.) Merrill)

  • Koldasbayeva D.A., Lovinskaya A.V., Kolumbayeva S.Zh., Suvorova M.A. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan, Almaty


The mutagenic activity of carbon dioxide (CO2) on the mutant soybean line T-219 (Glycine max(L.) Merrill), in which the synthesis of chlorophyll depends on the allelic state of the gene, was studied.The dominant allele Y11 causes a dark green plant, and the recessive allele y11 causes a golden yellowplant. We examined the level of somatic mutations by the presence of light green spots on dark greenleaves and yellow spots on light green leaves (direct mutation Y11 → y11), light green spots on goldenyellow leaves (reverse mutation y11 → Y11). Methyl methanesulfonate (MMS), a direct-acting mutagen,was used as a positive control. Soybean seeds, treated with MMS for 24 hours, were germinated understandard laboratory conditions and conditions of high CO2 concentration (5000 ppm) in a specializedbox with adjustable CO2 content. In plants grown under high CO2 concentration, the frequency of leafsomatic mutations was at the control level. However, in plants whose seeds were treated in MMS andgrown under standard laboratory conditions, the total number of spots per leaf statistically significantlyincreased 4.3 times (p<0.05). When treating seeds with a mutagen followed by cultivation under highCO2 concentration, the total number of spots per leaf increased 6.3 times (p<0.001) compared withthe control and 14.1 times (p<0.001) compared with the cultivation variant high CO2 concentration.Revealed co-mutagenic effect of CO2 when combined with the mutagen. The impact of CO2 on themorphophysiological parameters of plants, the height and rate of photosynthesis, has been studied. Onthe 10th day of the experiment, the highest plant growth was under high CO2 concentration and was7.60±0.92 cm. In plants grown under standard conditions (control), the height of plants was 1.4 timeslower (p<0.05). When treating seeds with MMS, followed by germination both under normal conditionsand with high CO2 concentration, plant height was at the control level. However, the accelerated growthof plants under high CO2 concentration was observed only during the first two weeks, then they died.The rate of photosynthesis in conditions of high CO2 level increased by 2.0 times, but the difference isnot statistically significant. When growing plants at high CO2 concentrations, photosynthesis intensityincreased 2.0 times compared with the control, but the difference was not statistically significant. Inplants grown from seeds treated with MMS, the rate of photosynthesis was 1.7 times lower (p<0.05)compared with the control, but when grown under high CO2 concentration, it increased 1.6 times. Atthe same time, the rate of photosynthesis decreased 2.2 times (p<0.05) in comparison with the control.A correlation analysis was made between the values of the studied morphophysiological parameters ofexperimental soybean plants. The correlation coefficient was r = 0.91, which indicates a high positivecorrelation between the rate of photosynthesis and the plant height. Thus, CO2 did not show mutagenicactivity on the mutant soybean line T-219. However, the combined action of CO2 and the classic mutagen MMS a statistically significant increased the frequency of mutations of the gene responsible for thechlorophyll synthesis. The results obtained indicate the ability of carbon dioxide to co-mutagenic action.Key words: soybean, carbon dioxide, mutation, comutagen, chlorophyll, mutant line.
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SUVOROVA M.A., Koldasbayeva D.A., Lovinskaya A.V., Kolumbayeva S.Zh.,. The Study of the Mutagenic Effect of Carbon Dioxide on Soybean line T-219 (Glycine max (l.) Merrill). Eurasian Journal of Ecology, [S.l.], v. 57, n. 4, p. 45-57, feb. 2019. ISSN 2617-7358. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 feb. 2019.