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This publication examines the effects of numerous wound-inhibiting chemicals and treatments on the vase lives of 13 genera/species of Australian cut flowers and foliage. It provides practical advice on improving the vase lives of several of these flowers, and recommends some easy ways to increase water uptake and vase life. As a by-product of this research, the ethylene sensitivity of some popular Australian native flowers was discovered. The report also shows evidence of the early stage of the wounding response in cut flowers under transmission electron microscopy for the first time.

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