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Abstract

Studies show electrical potential (Millivoltage output) generated by citrus seedlings is useful as an indication of freezing in hardened seedlings or where freeze rates are 1° hr-1 or less. Needle-sharp probes of a gold-amalgam wire attached to a strip chart recorder with a variable millivolt supply were used to detect mv changes in seedlings exposed to freeze conditions in an artificial environment room. An abrupt increase of 2 to 6 mv in the mv signal indicated the onset of freezing in the seedlings as checked by the heat of crystallization measured with thermocouples, visual signs of freezing, and subsequent physical damage studies.

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