Moisture Release from Cut Alfalfa

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Science  13 Mar 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3611, pp. 1183
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3611.1183


Mechanical treatment of alfalfa to increase its drying rate is of only limited value because little damage is done to the cellular organization. Killing the plant material with steam markedly increases the drying rate by modifying the permeability of the cuticle or cell membrane, and this may have practical significance in forage preservation.