Metabolic Consequences of Seed Maturation Drying

  • A. R. Kermode
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 19)


Development of the castor bean (Ricinus communis L.) seed takes about 60 days to be completed. During that time the embryo and endosperm are initially produced by cell divisions; the cells of the endosperm then expand as the major storage reserves (lipids and proteins) are deposited within them. The termination of development is marked by a period of maturation drying, which commences about the 50th day after pollination (DAP), when reserve deposition is essentially completed. I am interested in determining the events and promoting those essential for germination.


Castor Bean Seed Maturation Isocitrate Lyase Reserve Mobilization Seed Endosperm 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. R. Kermode
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  1. 1.Dept. of BotanyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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