TOMATO FRUIT SIZE AS AFFECTED BY ROOT MASS IN TISSUE CULTURE

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Sitheswary LogendraHorticulture Department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.

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Mei-Mann HsuehHorticulture Department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.

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Harry W. JanesHorticulture Department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.

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The effect of root mass on tomato fruit size in tissue culture was studied. The root mass of the ovaries was changed either by growing in culture media containing different concentrations of NAA (α– napthaleneacetic acid) or by culturing the ovaries with and without sepals. The root mass increased with a decrease in NAA concentration from 10.0 to 2.5 μM and the ovaries with sepals developed more roots. The tomato fruit size was affected by the root mass. The greater the root mass, the larger was the fruit size. However, the larger fruit size from ovaries cultured with sepals could be attributed either to the presence of more roots (greater absorption of sucrose) or to the sepal (additional carbon fixation by photosynthesis), or to both the sepals and more roots. Moreover, it is possible that the presence of sepals induce root development. These results indicate that the presence of sepals and total root mass are two important factors that influence the fruit size in vitro.

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