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In examining the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesizing system in seeds, an inhibitory effect of seeds on luciferase activity was detected (4). This study describes possible use of the luciferin-luciferase system for a better definition of the amount of seed traces in grape berries. With growing consumer preference for seedless table grapes and raisins, breeding of stenospermocarpic grape cultivars is of great interest. Stenospermocarpic grapes yield considerably larger seedless berries than parthenocarpic ones, but also often possess seedcoats that develop into hard, stony tissue (2). An objective definition of the amount of seed rudiments would be of considerable value in breeding for seedlessness and in assessing environmental or plant growth regulator effects.

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