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Microstructure of Desmanthus illinoensis
Author(s): Delilah F. Wood; William J. Orts; Gregory M. Glenn
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Paper Abstract

Structure and histochemistry of mature seeds of Desmanthus illinoensis (Illinois bundle flower) show that the seed has typical legume structure. The seed can be separated into two major fractions including the seed coat/endosperm and the embryo. The seed coat consists of a cuticle, palisade sclereids, hour glass cells and mesophyll. Endosperm is attached to the inner portion of the seed coat and is thicker beneath the pleurogram in the center of the seed. The embryo consists mostly of two large cotyledons, the major storage structures of the seed. The cotyledons are high in protein which occurs in protein bodies. Protein bodies in the cotyledons include those without inclusions, those with phytin inclusions and those with calcium-rich crystals. The phytin inclusions are spherical and have high phosphorus and magnesium contents. The calcium-rich crystals are also included inside protein bodies and are druse-type crystals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7729, Scanning Microscopy 2010, 77291V (3 June 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.853464
Show Author Affiliations
Delilah F. Wood, USDA Agricultural Research Service (United States)
William J. Orts, USDA Agricultural Research Service (United States)
Gregory M. Glenn, USDA Agricultural Research Service (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7729:
Scanning Microscopy 2010
Michael T. Postek; Dale E. Newbury; S. Frank Platek; David C. Joy, Editor(s)

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