Effect of Sucrose Holding Solution on Flower Longevity
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The paper reviews an experiment aimed at assessing the effect of the presence or absence of sucrose in holding solutions, on the longevity of cut flowers. Furthermore, the paper describes how the experiment studies how flower longevity was affected by different sucrose concentrations in the holding solution and in distilled and tap water holding solutions. The paper reviews the methods and results and provides a summary of the findings in the conclusion.
From the Paper:"Cut flower plants contribute to a very prosperous industry in many parts of the world. The longevity period of these cut flowers is a very important factor which influences the duration of the shelf-life of the flowers. Different cut flowers may have different longevity periods, depending on the effect of various environmental factors such as continuously changing conditions of temperature, light, humidity, water content of growth medium and nutrient or fertilizer availability. Furthermore, physical damage factors such as bruising, crushing, ethylene accumulation and invasion by microorganisms can also affect flower longevity (Gast, 1997). The reason why flowers wilt and shrivel faster after they are harvested is because their source of water and nutrients is cut off, as they are removed from the parent plant. So to maintain their quality, odour and freshness, post-harvest treatments that mimic the way the parent plants maintain the flowers should be employed which will hence, ensure that the high customer expectations and demands for high quality flowers can be met (Campbell and Reece, 2011)."
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- Campbell, N. A., & Reece, J. B. (2011). Campbell Biology. San Francisco, California: Benjamin Cummings.
- Cho, M. C., Celikel, F., & Dodge, L. (1999). Sucrose enhances the postharvest quality of cut flowers of Eustoma Grandiflorum (raf.) Shinn. In VII International Symposium on Postharvest Physiology of Ornamental Plants 543 (pp. 305-315).
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