Sandra M. Schmöckel, Alexandre F. Garcia, Bettina Berger, Mark Tester, Alex A. R. Webb, Stuart J. Roy. Different NaCl-Induced Calcium in the Arabidopsis thaliana Ecotypes Col-0 and C24. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117564
A common feature of stress signalling pathways are alterations in the concentration of cytosolic free calcium ([Ca2+]cyt), which allow the specific and rapid transmission of stress signals through a plant after exposure to a stress, such as salinity. Here, we used an aequorin based bioluminescence assay to compare the NaCl-induced changes in [Ca2+]cyt of the Arabidopsis ecotypes Col-0 and C24. We show that C24 lacks the NaCl specific component of the [Ca2+]cyt signature compared to Col-0. This phenotypic variation could be exploited as a screening methodology for the identification of yet unknown components in the early stages of the salt signalling pathway.