2019 Speakers

Kumala Dewi

Speaker at Plant Biology and Biotechnology 2019 - Kumala Dewi
Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Title : Growth, yield and anthocyanin content in black rice (Oryza sativa L ‘Cempo Ireng’) treated with paclobutrazol and methyl jasmonate


Black rice (Oryza sativa L.’Cempo Ireng’) is getting popular because of its low glychemic index and anthocyanin content that can functions as an antioxidant. Paclobutrazol is a growth retardant that reduce the plant height but increased assimilate allocation to the sink, whereas methyl jasmonate is a hormone that may regulate the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites in plants. This research was aimed to evaluate the effect of paclobutrazol and methyl jasmonate on growth, yield and anthocyanin content in black rice. Black rice seeds were obtained from local farmer in Bantul, Yogyakarta. Seeds were selected and placed in a plastic tray containing a growth medium then wetted with water (control) or paclobutrazol of 12.5 ppm, 25 ppm or 50 ppm. Seedlings of 2 weeks old were transplanted in a plastic bucket containing a growth medium; two seedlings were planted in each bucket. Seedlings were watered regularly and methyl jasmonate was sprayed to the plants at 4 and 8 weeks following transplantation. The concentration of methyl jasmonate applied were 0 mM (control), 2.5 mM, 5 mM or 7.5 mM. Eight replicates were made for each treatment combination. Parameters observed were plant height, tiller number, percentage of full grain, chlorophyll, oxalic acid content in leaves, and anthocyanin content in black rice caryopsis. The results showed that paclobutrazol reduced plant height, but when combined with methyl jasmonate tiller number and chlorophyll content were increased. Percentage of full caryopsis increased by application of paclobutrazol 12.5 ppm or 25 ppm combined with methyl jasmonate of 2.5 mM or 5 mM. The oxalic acid content increased in plants treated with 5 mM methyl jasmonate whereas seven type of anthocyanins were determined in black rice and three of them were dominant, namely cyanidine 3-O-β-D glucoside, cyanidin 3 O-β-D galactoside and delphinidin 3 O-β-D galactoside. Those anthocyanins were increased significantly in plants treated with paclobutrazol of 25 ppm combined with methyl jasmonate of 7.5 mM. In conclusion the growth, yield and anthocyanin content of black rice can be increased by an appropriate combination of paclobutrazol and methyl jasmonate.

Take Away Notes:
• Through this presentation the audiences will learn about:
• (1) The importance of black rice as a good source of antioxidant
• (2) Plant growth and development manipulation by paclobutrazol application and
• (3) Increasing anthocyanin content in black rice by application of methyl jasmonate
• The audiences could apply this technique not only to alter the growth and anthocyanin content in black rice only, but also in other plants species such as ornamental plants or fruit plants.
• The information in this presentation can be used as knowledge for those who work as a lecturer or researcher to develop other research project concerning plant hormones, growth retardant and / or anthocyanin biosynthesis in plants. For rice farmers the information / technique presented can be allied in the field.


Dr. Kumala Dewi studied Plant Biology at Botany Department, The University of Tasmania, and Australia and graduated as MSc.St. in 1993 she continued her PhD at the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian National University and graduated as Doctor in 2006. She works as a lecturer at Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia since 1995. She won a research scholarship from Fullbright in 2011 and she did a short term research at Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, supervised by prof. Elizabeth van Volkenburg. She has published more than 20 research articles in SCI (E) journals.)

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