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Plant Physiol. 1977 Jun;59(6):1136-40.

Studies on the behavior of the senescence signal in anoka soybeans.

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  • 1Department of Botany, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109.


Soybean, a monocarpic plant, has been found to undergo rapid senescence as its fruits mature. In soybeans (Glycine max[L.] Merrill) cv. Anoka, foliar senescence begins during the period of most rapid pod-fill (seed growth), and it can be eliminated by surgical removal of the seeds at an early stage of their growth. Experiments in which fruits are removed from some regions of the plant but allowed to remain on other regions have established that the transmission of the senescence signal is limited; it affects mainly those leaves nearest to the nodes bearing the fruits. The implications of this localized signal movement are discussed.

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