Stress reactions of plant cells to biotic and abiotic stress

Here, we investigate the reactions of living cells to mechanical injury, to various biotic and abiotic chemicals, to heavy metals and to osmotic stress. The results shall improve our understanding of cell signalling, cell-to-cell communication and stress defense on the cellular level.

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  • Sabovljević M, Weidinger M, Sabovljević A, Adlassnig W, Lang I (2018). Is binding pattern of Zinc(II) equal in different bryophyte species? Microscopy and Microanalysis: 24 (1), 69-74. DOI:10.1017/S143192761800003X

  • Sassmann S, Weidinger M, Adlassnig W, Hofhansl F, Bock B, Lang I (2015): Zinc and copper uptake in Physcomitrella patens : Limitations and effects on growth and Environmental and Experimental Botany, Band 118, Nr. 0, 10.2015, S. 12-20.
  • Sassmann, S., Adlassnig, W., Puschenreiter, M., Palomino-Cadenas, J., Leyvas, M., Lichtscheidl, I., Lang, I. (2014): Free metal ion availability is a major factor for tolerance and growth in Physcomitrella patens. Environmental and Experimental Botany 110: 1-10.
  • Ovečka, M., Takáč, T.,  Komis, G., Vadovič, P.,  Bekešová, S., Doskočilová, A., Smékalová, V., Luptovčiak, I., Šamajová, O., Schweighofer, A., Meskiene, I., Jonak, C., Křenek, P., Lichtscheidl, I., Škultéty, L., Hirt, H., Šamaj, J. (2014): Salt-induced subcellular kinase relocation and seeding susceptibility caused by overexpression of Medicago SIMKK in Arabidopsis.  Journal of Experimental Botany 65, 2335-50. 
  • Prommer, J, Wanek, W, Hofhansl, F, Trojan, D, Offre, P, Urich, T, Schleper, C, Sassmann, S, Kitzler, B, Soja, G, Hood-Nowotny, RC( 2014): Biochar decelerates soil organic nitrogen cycling but stimulates soil nitrification in a temperate arable field trial. PLoS ONE 9, 1, S. e86388
  • Adlassnig W., Sassmann S., Grawunder A., Puschenreiter M., Horvath A., Koller-Peroutka M. (2013) Amphibians in metal contaminated habitats. Salamandra 49(3): 149-158.
  • Nebel L., Kreitner G., Horak O., Adlassnig W., Eder G., Lichtscheidl I. in press. BioRem-Database for remediation of heavy metal rich habitats and protection of their biodiversity (2013) American Journal of Plant Sciences 2013, 4: 1938-1940. 
  • Wernitznig, S., Adlassnig, W., Sprocati, A. R., Turnau, K., Neagoe, A., Alisi, C., Sassmann, S., Nicoara, A., Pinto, V., Cremisini, C., Lichtscheidl, I. (2013): Plant growth promotion by inoculation with selected bacterial strains versus mineral soil supplements. J of Env Science and Pollution Research 21, 6877-6887.
  • Adlassnig W., Sassmann S., Lendl T.,  Wernitznig S., Hofhansl F., Lichtscheidl I. K. 2013. Metal contamination and retention of the former mining site Schwarzwand (Salzburg/Austria). Applied Geochemistry 35: 196 - 206.
  • Ziegelwagner C., Mandl K., Salhavy-Richter K., Adlassnig W., Schmidt H.-P. (2013) Antibakterielle Wirkung von Weinen auf E. coli und S. typhimurium im Vergleich zur Wirkung zugesetzter Sulfite. Journal für Terroirwein und Biodiversität 2010.
  • Khan, A., Lang, I., Muhammad, A., Shah, A., Ahmad, I. & Nawaz, H. (2013) Inducing salt tolerance on growth and yield of sunflower by applying different levels of ascorbic acid. Journal of Plant Nutrition 36, 1180 – 1190.
  • Tewari, R., Hadacek, F., Sassmann, S., Lang, I. (2013) Iron deprivation-induced reactive oxygen species generation leads to non-autolytic PCD in Brassica napus leaves. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 91: 74 – 83.
  • Vaculík M., Konlechner C., Langer I., Adlassnig W., Puschenreiter M., Lux A. & Hauser M.-T. (2012): Root anatomy and element distribution vary between two Salix caprea isolates with different Cd accumulation capacities. – Environmental Pollution 163: 117 – 126.
  • Adlassnig, Wolfram; Wernitznig, Stefan; Lichtscheidl-Schultz, Irene (2012) Historic Copper Soil Heaps in Salzburg/Austria: Geology, Mining History, Aspects of Soil Chemistry and Vegetation. In: Bio-Geo Interaction in Metal-Contaminated Soils, Soil Biology 31. E. Kothe and A. Varma (eds.) 201 – 231.
  • Khan, Ameer; Ahmed, Iftikhar; Lang, Ingeborg; Ahmed, Farooq; Ghani, Abdul; Shah, Amin; Ashraf, M; Nawaz, Humera; Tufail, Saima (2012) Physiological and biochemical changes produced in maize (Zea mays L.) by the application of nickel. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 6/7: 1340 – 1343. 
  • Lang, I., Wernitznig, S. (2011) Sequestration at the cell wall and plasma membrane facilitates zinc tolerance in the moss Pohlia drummondii. Environmental and Experimental Botany 74: 186-193
    ISI – IF 2.699, Environmental Sciences 43/193, Plant Sciences 31/188
  • Zhang, Y., Kogelnig, D., Morgenbesser, C., Stojanovic, A., Jirsa, F., Lichtscheidl-Schultz, I., Krachler, R., Li, Y., Keppler, B. (2011) Preparation and characterization of immobilized [A336][MTBA] in PVA-alginate gel beads as novel solid-phase extractants for an efficient recovery of Hg (II) from aqueous solutions. 196: 201-209. 
    ISI – 3.723, Engineering, Civil 2/115, Engineering, Environmental 5/45, Environmental Sciences 18/193
  • Kowol C.R., Trondl R., Arion V.B., Michael A., Jakupec M.A., Lichtscheidl I.K., Keppler B.K. (2010): Fluorescence properties and cellular distribution of the investigational anticancer drug Triapine (3-aminopyridine-2-carboxaldehyde thiosemicarbazone) and its zinc(II) complex. Dalton Trans., 2010, 39: 704–706.
    ISI - IF 4.081, Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry 7/44 ,(Top 20%)
  • Sassmann, S., Wernitznig, S., Lichtscheidl I., Lang, I. (2010) Comparing copper resistance in two bryophytes: Mielichhoferia elongata Hornsch. versus Physcomitrella patens Hedw. Protoplasma 246: 119-123
    ISI - IF=1.523, Plant Sciences 68/173, Cell Biology 136/162
  • Volgger, M., Lang, I., Ovecka, M., Lichtscheidl I. (2010) Plasmolysis and cell wall deposition in wheat root hairs under osmotic stress. Protoplasma 243: 51-62.
    ISI – IF 1.523, Plant Sciences 68/173, Cell Biology 136/162
  • Adlassnig W., Steinhauser G. and Hossain S. M. 2010g: Arsenic solubility and plant toxicity in different soils. In: 26. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Mineralstoffe und Spurenelemente e.V. Transport und Bioverfügbarkeit von Elementen: Boden-Pflanze-Interaktion, Biogeochemie und Toxizität, Leipzig. 25.
  • Vaculik, M., Lux, A., Luxova, M., Tanimoto, E., Lichtscheidl, I. (2009) Silicon mitigates cadmium inhibitory effects in young maize plants. Environmental and Experimental Botany 67: 52-58 
  • Wernitznig, S., Lang, I., Weidinger, M., Sassmann, s., Lichtscheidl, I.K. (2009) The heavy metal distribution in two copper tolerant bryophytes Pohlia drummondii and Mielichhoferia elongata. In: Pabst, A., und Zellnig, G. (eds) MC2009, Microscopy Conference Graz, Vol.2, Life Sciences, p.139-140.
  • Sassmann, S., Lang, I., Weidinger, M., Wernitznig, S., Lichtscheidl, I.K. (2009) Zinc tolerance of Physcomitrella patens evaluated by X-ray microanalysis. In: Pabst, A., und Zellnig, G. (eds) MC2009, Microscopy Conference Graz, Vol.2, Life Sciences, p.151-152. 
  • Volgger, M., Lang, I., Ovecka, M., Lichtscheidl, I. (2009) Plasmolysis and cell wall deposition in wheat root hairs under osmotic stress. Protoplasma online 17 June 2009 
  • Steinhauser, G., Adlassnig, W., Lendl, T., Peroutka, M., Weidinger, M., Lichtscheidl, I.K., Bichler, M. (2009) Metalloid contaminated microhabitats and their biodiversity at a former antimony mining site in Schlaining, Austria. Open Environmental Sciences 3: 20-35   
  • Banasova, V., Horak, O., Ciamporova, M. & I. Lichtscheidl (2007): Heavy metal contents in Thlaspi caerulescens J. et C. Presl growing on metalliferous and non-metalliferous soils in Central Slovakia. International Journal of Environment and Pollution, special issue “Biogeochemistry of toxic trace elements in water soil and plant.” Editors: Dr. H.M. Anawar, Dr. A. Garcia-Sanches CSIC, RNASA, Spain. 
  • Illés, P., Schlicht, M., Pavlovkin, J., Lichtscheidl, I., Baluska, F., Ovecka, M. (2006) Aluminium toxicity in plants: internalization of aluminium into cells of the transition zone in Arabidopsis root apices related to changes in plasma membrane potential, endosomal behaviour, and nitric oxide production. Journal of Experimental Botany 57 (15): 4201–4213 
  • Banasova, V., Horak, O., Ciamporova, M., Nadubinska, M., Lichtscheidl, I. (2006): The vegetation of metalliferous and non-metalliferous grasslands in two former mine regions in Central Slovakia. Biologia 61, 433-439
  • Steinhauser G., Adlassnig W., Musilek A., Peroutka M., Bichler M. (2006): Uptake of potassium, iron, and manganese by carnivorous plants, in Lahiri, S., Nayak, D. and Mukhopadhyay, A. (Eds.), Application of Radiotracers in Chemical, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Kolkata 
  • Hörmann D., Lichtscheidl I.K., Weidinger M., Gruber D., Klepal W., 2000: The use of scanning electron microscopy for the localization of heavy metals in moss cells. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 38, 36.
  • Lang I.P., Müller S., Lichtscheidl I.K., 2000: Mechanical stress: nuclear migration and reorganization of cytoskeletal elements. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 38, 36.
  • Lasselsberger A., Kartusch R., Lichtscheidl I.K., 2000: Copper-induced callose deposition in onion inner epidermal cells: changes of the cytomorphology and of actin microfilaments. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 38, 36.  
  • Lang-Pauluzzi I. (2000): The behavior of the plasma membrane during plasmolysis: a study by UV microscopy. J. Microsc. 198, 188-198.   
  • Lang I.P., Müller S., Lichtscheidl, I.K. (2000): Mechanical stress: nuclear migration and reorganization of cytoskeletal elements. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 38, 36.