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The investigations were undertaken to assemble quantitative data on the growth of the sultana grape in terms of cell number and cell size.

The effects of some genetic and environmental factors on berry growth at the cellular level were also examined. Fresh weight, volume, berry dimensions, moisture content and dry weight were measured on whole berries.

Pericarp growth was studied at the cell level. Pericarp growth is basically responsible for the overall growth of the berry and this tissue represents 64% of the mature fruit’s total volume.

The period required for complete berry development falls into two major growth periods separated by a lag phase.  Berry size differences between clonal lines were primarily due to-differences in the size of pericarp cells.

Anatomical Aspects of Grape Berry Development

1968, Sonderdruck aus der Zeitschrift ‘Vitis’, vol 7, pages 106 – 119

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