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Epicuticular wax strucutre and accumulation on main-crop fig fruit (Ficus carica L.) during development

Chessa, Innocenza and D'Aquino, Salvatore and Cossu, A. and Mannu, L. (1992) Epicuticular wax strucutre and accumulation on main-crop fig fruit (Ficus carica L.) during development. Advances in Horticultural Science, Vol. 6 (1), p. 47-54. eISSN 1592-1573. Article.

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DOI: 10.1400/14156


The amount of epicuticular wax extracted from the fruit of three fig cultivars varied significantly during development; no significant differences were found between cultivars. The greatest accumulation of wax occurred at the beginning of the second stage of rapid growth. In senescent fruit there was a decrease or at least stability, in the amount of surface wax. SEM examination revealed a superficial structure characterized by a cellular-like network and a clearly organized fine structure of overlapping lamellae. Some differences in structure were found between cultivars but were not sufficient for characterization. Changes in wax fine structure during development indicated a progressive breaking down which intensified in senescence. The morphology of stomata and trichomes is described.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:2289
Uncontrolled Keywords:Scanning electron microscope, senescence, stomata, trichomes, wax fine structure
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/03 Arboricoltura generale e coltivazioni arboree
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Economia e sistemi arborei
002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CNR-Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche > Istituto di scienze delle produzioni alimentari, Sassari
Publisher:Firenze University Press
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:07

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