Effects of 5-aminolevulinic Acid on the Photosynthesis, Antioxidant System, and α-Bisabolol Content of Matricaria recutita


  • Xiaomeng LIU Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)
  • Li ZHU Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)
  • Qiling SONG Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)
  • Jie CHANG Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center of Targeted Antitumor Drug, Jingmen 448000, Hubei Jingchu University of Technology, College of Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy, Jingmen, 448000, Hubei (CN)
  • Jiabao YE Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)
  • Weiwei ZHANG Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)
  • Yongling LIAO Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)
  • Feng XU Yangtze University, College of Horticulture and Gardening, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)




antioxidant system, ?-bisabolol, 5-aminolevulinic acid, Matricaria recutita, photosynthesis


Matricaria recutita is a widely used medicinal plant with broad pharmacological effects, and α-bisabolol is the main active ingredient of this plant. To improve its α-bisabolol content, M. recutita was sprayed with different concentrations (1.0, 2.0,and 4.0 mmol.L−1) of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) or with water as a control to study the effects of ALA treatment on the photosynthesis, antioxidant system, and α-bisabolol content of M. recutita. Results showed that the photosynthetic rate, transpiration rate, stomatal conductance, intercellular CO2 concentration, soluble protein, total amino acids, soluble sugar, and α-bisabolol of M. recutita were significantly increased. Moreover, the activities of superoxide dismutase, peroxidase, and catalase of M. recutita were also enhanced by ALA treatment. Optimal results were obtained when the concentration of ALA was 2.0 mmol.L−1. Results showed that ALA treatment could improve the α-bisabolol content of M. recutita, and the underlying physiological mechanism was analyzed. ALA treatment was an effective measure for improving the medicinal value of M. recutita.


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How to Cite

LIU, X., ZHU, L., SONG, Q., CHANG, J., YE, J., ZHANG, W., LIAO, Y., & XU, F. (2018). Effects of 5-aminolevulinic Acid on the Photosynthesis, Antioxidant System, and α-Bisabolol Content of Matricaria recutita. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 46(2), 418–425. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha46211072



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DOI: 10.15835/nbha46211072

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