Quantification of Emboli by Visualization of Air Filled Xylem Vessels

J. Nijsse, C.J. Keijzer, U. van Meeteren

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Between harvest and vase life the cut surface of most cut flowers is exposed to air for a longer or shorter period. It was hypothesized that under normal harvest and transport conditions air only enters the cut open vessels and does not move to non-cut vessels. The vessel length distribution of chrysanthemum stems was analyzed with the latex particle method and compared to the distribution of air embolisms in 5øw/w) desiccated stems, visualized using cryo-scanning electron microscopy. It was concluded that by moderate desiccation all cut open vessels are completely air-filled and that intact vessels are not embolized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-250
JournalActa Horticulturae
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Air-embolism
  • Cryo-SEM
  • Cut flowers
  • Dry storage
  • Post-harvest
  • Xylem vessel length


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