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A Role for Sorbitol in Desiccation Tolerance of Developing Maize Kernels: Inference from the Properties of Maize Sorbitol Dehydrogenase

  • R. D. Locy
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Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 86)

Abstract

Some tissues of most higher plant species are capable of tolerating extremes of desiccation. Typically, these tissues are found within the developing seed (Kermode et al., 1986), but for some species a wider range of tissues may be desiccation tolerant (Bartels, this volume). Within the developing seed the ability to tolerate desiccation is typically acquired during seed development, and is typically lost upon germination (Bartels et al., 1991; Kermode et al., 1986). Thus, the developing seed provides a system which can be utilized to elucidate at the biochemical and molecular level those factors which are involved in the acquisition and loss of desiccation tolerance.

Keywords

Aldose Reductase Desiccation Tolerance Zinc Sulfate Maize Kernel Clostridium Histolyticum Collagenase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Locy
    • 1
  1. 1.Auburn University Cell Science Center and Department of Botany and MicrobiologyAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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