Corchorus pascuorum: Transmission of Chemically Induced Fruit Formation with Environmental Change

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Science  18 Apr 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3877, pp. 315-316
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3877.315


When Corchorus pascuorum (Tiliaceae), native to Australia, was grown in the arid region of West Pakistan, it flowered abundantly but produced no fruit. It was induced to form fruit by treatment with 25 percent sucrose solution containing indolebutyric acid (300 parts per million). When plants were raised from the induced fruits, they fruited without any further treatment and retained the ability to produce fruits in two subsequent generations, whereas those raised from the original seeds produced no fruit.

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