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Structural studies of protein deposition in developing legume seeds

Bakhtiar, A. (1983) Structural studies of protein deposition in developing legume seeds. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.



A comparative study of storage protein deposition has been made in developing seeds of a range of legumes. Varieties of pisum sativum, vicia faba, vigna unguiculata, and Phaseolus vulgaris have been examined. Particular attention has been paid to: (i) morphological and cytological changes during the course of seed development, (ii) the structural relationship of the developing seed to its maternal tissue with regard to nutrient transport, (iii) the structure of the developing embryo with regard to possible pathways for nutrient transport, (iv) the cytology and ultrastructure of storage protein deposition with the cotyledon leaves. The results illustrate differences in seed coat structure which could influence the rate of nutrient supply during embryo development and features of embryo structure related to nutrient uptake. Evidence is presented which illustrates uniform storage protein deposition throughout the cotyledon parenchyma tissues of the developing legume seeds examined.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Date:1983
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:15 May 2013 15:47

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