• A. Barceló-Muñoz
  • F. Pliego-Alfaro
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Avocado (Persea americana Mill.) is a tropical tree, of the Lauraceae family, genus Persea. On the basis of the morphology of reproductive structures, this genus was divided into two subgenera, Eriodaphne and Persea (Koop, 1966); the subgenus Eriodaphne includes many species with small fruits and of no commercial importance, whereas the subgenus Persea includes only a small number of species characterized by large fruits. The subgenus Persea includes the avocado, of which three horticultural races, named for their presumed region of origin, can be distinguished: Mexican, West Indian and Guatemalan. These races could have evolved under different climatic conditions with geographical barriers between them (Storey et al., 1986).


Naphthalene Acetic Acid Nodal Section Juvenile Material Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid Double Phase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Barceló-Muñoz
    • 1
  • F. Pliego-Alfaro
    • 2
  1. 1.C.I.F.A. Cortijo de la CruzChurrianaMálagaSpain
  2. 2.Dpto. Biología VegetalFacultad de Ciencias, Campus de Teatinos s/nMálagaSpain

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