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The 'neighbour effect' and its role in shaping the positional pattern of seed development in fruits: An illustration from the pods of Erythrina suberosa

Joshi, NV and Shankar, Uma and Ganeshaiah, KN (1993) The 'neighbour effect' and its role in shaping the positional pattern of seed development in fruits: An illustration from the pods of Erythrina suberosa. In: Current Science (Bangalore), 65 (3). pp. 234-238.

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Abstract

Plants exhibit certain intra-fruit positional patterns in the development of seeds. These patterns have been generally interpreted to be a consequence of resource and fertilization gradients. However, such positional patterns might also be shaped by the 'neighbour effect', wherein formation and development of a seed at any position might positively or negatively influence those of other seeds in the neighbourhood. In this article, we examine the role of such neighbour effect in shaping the positional pattern of seeds in the pods of Erythrina suberosa. The results suggest the existence of a positive neighbour effect leading to a higher frequency of seeds in contiguous positions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 06:42
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2011 06:42
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/35936

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