Studies of Calcification in Plants

  • H. J. Arnott
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It has long been known that insoluble calcium salts in the forms of the carbonate, sulfate, and oxalate occur as optically visible crystals in a wide variety of plants (Solereder, 1908). The deposits are commonly considered to be waste products and occur in a variety of shapes, often seeming to fill a cell. Calcium oxalate crystals are by far the most common, and a single cell may contain from one to many hundreds. Crystal cells have been studied by light and polarization microscopy (see reviews in Guilliermond, 1933; Küster, 1956) and the crystals have been studied by various techniques including X-ray and infra-red analysis (Pobeguin, 1943; Walter-Levy,1962).


Eichhornia Crassipes Calcium Oxalate Crystal Cell Calcium Oxalate Crystal Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Arnott
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  1. 1.Cell Research InstituteUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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