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  1. Vol. 11 No. 1, p. 78-81
    Received: July 20, 1970



Soaking Injury in Lima Beans1

  1. E. E. Roos and
  2. B. M. Pollock2



We investigated water uptake and ribonudease development in excised embryonic axes of lima beans (Phaseolus lunatus L. cv. ‘Thorogreen’) during the period 0 to 18½ hr after the start of imbibition. The impact of temperature, initial axis moisture, and submergence on these processes was studied. In general, ribonuclease development paralleled growth. However, under stress conditions enzyme formation was reduced to a greater degree than was growth. Submergence during the first 10 min of imbibition appeared tn condition the axes to reduced growth and ribonuclease development at a later period. Submergence during the growth period also had an adverse effect on these processes.

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