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A review of the flower characteristics of Geraldton waxflower and factors influencing their abscission from harvested stems

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Beasley, D. R. and Joyce, D. C. (2002) A review of the flower characteristics of Geraldton waxflower and factors influencing their abscission from harvested stems. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 42 (4). pp. 519-525. ISSN 08161089 (ISSN)

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Article Link(s): https://doi.org/10.1071/EA01122

Abstract

Geraldton waxflower (Chamelaucium uncinatum Schauer) is Australia's most economically important cut-flower export. Its small, attractive flowers make it particularly suitable as a filler in floral arrangements. However, postharvest bud and flower abscission is a major problem during transport, handling and marketing. Abscission may be caused by wound-induced endogenous ethylene production brought about by flower tissue infection with fungal pathogens such as Botrytis cinerea. Botany and postharvest characteristics are discussed in relation to flower abscission and how resultant postharvest losses may be minimised.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from © CSIRO Publishing. Access to published version is available via Publisher’s website.
Keywords:abscission floral trait ornamental species Botryotinia fuckeliana Botrytis Chamelaucium uncinatum Etlingera
Subjects:Plant culture > Harvesting, curing, storage
Plant culture > Flowers and flower culture. Ornamental plants
Plant pests and diseases
Deposited On:28 Oct 2021 02:25
Last Modified:28 Oct 2021 02:25

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