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Target Root Starch Concentrations Before Storage: Testing the Model
Omi, Steven K.; Rose, Robin.
1990: Roseburg, OR
Because carbohydrate reserves decline with
long-term storage, it is important to know whether this
depletion will affect subsequent survival and growth after
planting. Sufficient target starch concentrations which
enable the seedling to buffer itself against reserve
depletion during storage, have not been defined. We found
little evidence to support the model of a target
(pre-storage) root starch concentration. No seedling
target can be viewed alone. If the seedling is not
preconditioned to grow but reserves are plentiful, a poor
correlation between carbohydrate reserves and survival or
growth is to be expected.
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