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  • Author or Editor: Basil G. Stergios x
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Abstract

Field death of dormant primary buds of Vitis labrusca L. cv. Concord may be effectively simulated by in situ puncture with an aluminum needle super-cooled by liquid N2. This allows the subsequent development of the secondary buds for studies of their growth and productivity.

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The reliability and convenience of 5 viability tests were evaluated. Growth and tissue browning were the most reliable tests, but they required considerable time and were qualitative. Triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC) reduction and specific conductivity were satisfactory for grape, but TTC was not as reliable as specific conductivity for cherry and raspberry. Neither test proved satisfactory for strawberry.

A second exotherm always indicated living stems and the absence of a second exotherm accurately predicted stem death. Freezing curves for raspberry showed the stems to be 5 degrees hardier than the control growth tests indicated.

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