Pollen Maturation and Desiccation Tolerance

  • Folkert A. Hoekstra
  • Tineke van Roekel
  • Nick ten Pas


Pollen generally is tolerant to severe desiccation (Hoekstra, 1986). The molecular mechanism of this tolerance is far from elucidated, however.


Sucrose Content Desiccation Tolerance Immature Pollen Pollen Maturation Mannitol Solution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Folkert A. Hoekstra
    • 1
  • Tineke van Roekel
    • 1
  • Nick ten Pas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant Physiology of the Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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