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To protect and emit beauty

The plant cuticle has long been considered a barrier to volatile organic compound emission. New research reveals the paradoxical role of the cuticle as a barrier and facilitator of volatile emissions in hybrid petunia.

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Fig. 1: Petunia flower cuticle is both a barrier and sink for volatile organic emissions (VOCs).


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Livingston, S.J., Samuels, A.L. To protect and emit beauty. Nat Chem Biol 17, 124–125 (2021).

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