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Abscission

  • Richard N. Arteca
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Abstract

Many years ago the Greek philosopher Theophrastus, a student of Aristotle, described leaf abscission habits in higher plants. Since this time a great deal of research has been done in the area of abscission; in fact, manipulation of the abscission process is a common agricultural practice today. Abscission may be defined as the separation of a plant part, such as a leaf, flower, fruit, seed, stem, or others from the parent plant. Although we typically think of abscission occurring only in higher plants, it is also very common in lower plants. The occurrence of abscission is highly variable within species and cultivars of a species.

Keywords

Ethylene Production Ethylene Biosynthesis Middle Lamella Abscission Zone Leaf Abscission 
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  • Richard N. Arteca
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  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

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