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The anatomical structure of desi and kabuli chickpea seed coats

The anatomical structure of desi and kabuli chickpea seed coats

International Chickpea Newsletter (10): 26-27

Light-microscope examination was performed on sections of seeds of the desi cultivar H208 and the kabuli cultivar 501 20-50 days after flowering. In kabuli seeds, the epidermis develops into a uniseriate palisade layer without thickening of the cell wall. In desi seeds, it develops into a multiseriate palisade layer which later develops into thick-walled sclereids which are heavily stainable with toluidine blue, indicating the presence of phenolic compounds contributing to testa colour.

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