The Abscission Process in Peach: Structural, Biochemical and Hormonal Aspects
The study of the abscission process is rather difficult in fruit because the sensitivity of the target cells is restricted in time (Ramina, 1981). Since leaf and fruit are homologous organs, it would be much more convenient experimentally to substitute fruit with leaves, where abscission can be induced readily by deblading at almost any time. This chapter describes our attempts to validate the use of leaf abscission as a model for fruit abscission by ascertaining if, in peach, structural, enzymatic and hormonal aspects of abscission in the two organs are closely similar.
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