Letter | Published:

Reduction of Loss of Moisture by the Cuticle Wax Components of Grapes

Naturevolume 207pages10021003 (1965) | Download Citation

Subjects

Abstract

THE grape cuticle serves as an effective barrier to the loss of water; but the cuticle layer or layers responsible for this property have not been identified. The chemical composition of the cuticular layers and their morphological structures, which are probably not independent, could both be important in determining the rate of cuticular transpiration, since there appears to be no correlation between the thickness of the cuticular walls and cuticular transpiration rate. This has recently been confirmed by Sitte and Rennier1 for the transpiration of Prunus, Agave and Sanseveria. This would imply that qualitative differences in the composition of cuticles are important in the regulation of water loss.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

References

  1. 1

    Sitte, P., and Rennier, R., Planta, 60, 19 (1963).

  2. 2

    Radler, F., and Horn, D. H. S., Austral. J. Chem., 7, 1059 (1965).

  3. 3

    Horrocks, R. L., Nature, 203, 547 (1964).

  4. 4

    Radler, F. J. Sci. Food Agric., 15, 864 (1964).

  5. 5

    Martin, R. J. L., and Stott, G. L., Austral. J. Agric. Res., 8, 444 (1957).

  6. 6

    Dudman, W. F., and Grncarevic, M., J. Sci. Food Agric., 13, 221 (1962).

  7. 7

    Grncarevic, M., Amer. J. Enol. Viticult., 14, 230 (1964).

  8. 8

    Dudman, W. F., Austral. J. Sci., 25, 168 (1962).

  9. 9

    Chambers, T. C., and Possingham, J. V., Austral. J. Biol. Sci., 16, 818 (1963).

  10. 10

    Radler, F., J. Sci. Food Agric. (in the press).

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

  1. C.S.I.R.O. Horticultural Research Section, Merbein, Victoria, Australia

    • F. RADLER

Authors

  1. Search for F. RADLER in:

About this article

Publication history

Issue Date

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/2071002a0

Further reading

Comments

By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.