Phenolic-nitrogen interactions in eelgrass, Zostera marina L.: Possible implications for disease resistance
Experiments with eelgrass, Zostera marina L., transplanted into running seawater mesocosms with either a mud or sand substratum indicated that leaf nitrogen and phenolic contents were inversely related. A caffeic acid ester accounted for ∼ 50% of the phenolic content; sulfated flavones made up most of the remainder. Plants with a low phenolic content grown in mud suffered complete mortality from wasting disease, while plants with a high phenolic content in sand were still growing well when the experiment was terminated.
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Buchsbaum, R.N., F.T. Short, and D.P. Cheney. 1990. Phenolic-nitrogen interactions in eelgrass, Zostera marina L.: possible implications for disease resistance. Aquatic Botany. Elsevier Sci. Publ. 37:291-297.