Virola surinamensis is a forest species widely distributed in the estuaries of the Amazon . These ecosystems are susceptible to contamination by Cadmium (Cd), indicating that the plant has strategies for tolerating this metal . The aim of this study was to assess the nitrogen and carbon metabolism of young plants of Ucuúba (Virola surinamensis) in the presence of cadmium with the perspective of the phytoremediation of contaminated environments . The used experimental design was a completely randomized design with five Cd concentrations (0 , 15 , 30 , 45, and 60 mg L - 1), for 60 days . In general, Cd did not affect nitrate concentration in the root but had a positive effect on leaves . The reduction of nitrate reductase (NR) in plants exposed to Cd was followed by a decrease in ammonia, total soluble amino acids (TSA), and total soluble proteins (TSP). Cd promoted an increase in the concentration of total soluble carbohydrates (TSC), proline, sucrose, and reducing sugars in the plants . The increase in TSC, sucrose and proline, suggests a metabolic regulatory mechanism of V. surinamensis against Cd stress.
Index: Nitrate reductase, Proline, Reducing sugars, Sucrose, Total soluble carbohydrates