Plasma-activated water regulated transcriptome gene expression leading to high germination and growth of mung beans
Researchers from National Taiwan University identified the effects of
plasma-activated water (PAW) on the seed germination of mung beans. The
method was shown to boost crop growth and may be used as a reference for
other types of seeds.
The plasma-activated water (PAW) technique uses water exposed to cold
atmospheric plasma discharge, resulting in a biocidal agent with distinct
biochemical properties due to highly reactive oxygen and nitrogen species
(RONS). The PAW method demonstrates great potential in enhancing seed
germination, but its exact mechanism remains unclear. Thus, the scientists
investigated the role of plasma-activated water in the growth of mung beans.
The research team identified differentially expressed genes (DEGs) that were
upregulated or downregulated due to PAW, such as those related to growth
regulation, stress responses, and metabolic processes. Their findings
offered insights into PAW's benefits and regulatory mechanisms in