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Stomatal density and responsiveness of banana fruit stomates.

Authors
  • Johnson, B E
  • Brun, W A
Type
Published Article
Journal
PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
Publisher
American Society of Plant Biologists
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1966
Volume
41
Issue
1
Pages
99–101
Identifiers
PMID: 16656239
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Determination of stomatal densities of the banana peel (Musa acuminata L. var Hort. Valery) by microscopic observations showed 30 times fewer stomates on fruit epidermis than found on the banana leaf. Observations also showed that peel stomates were not laid down in a linear pattern as on the leaf.It was demonstrated that stomatal responses occurred in banana fruit. Specific conditions of high humidity and light were necessary for stomatal opening: low humidity and darkness were necessary for closure. Responsiveness of the stomates continued for a considerable length of time after the fruit had been severed from the host.

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