Biotech's Dictionary of Horticulture by Dinesh Arora

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Chalky colour descriptor (related to hardness) characterising kernel endosperm of cereal grains, especially rice. A rice kernel with a high level of chalk is generally undesirable. The chalky appearance arises from the structure of the endosperm, which has many small voids between the starch granules and the protein matrix. These voids cause light to be refracted and hence the endosperm appears white to reflected light and opaque to transmitted light. Synonyms: floury, soft endosperm. chelate (chelator) organic chemical that forms ring compound in which a metal is held between two or more atoms strongly enough to diminish the rate at which it becomes fixed by chemoautotroph organism that obtains energy from the oxidation of chemical, generally inorganic, compounds and carbon from carbon dioxide.

There is a marked enlargement of a recognisable conidium before it is delimited by a septum. blasting a symptom of plant disease characterised by shedding of unopened buds, classically, the failure to produce fruit or seed blastoconidium see blastospore. blastomyces human pathogen. The fungus is commonly found in soil. It is a dimorphic fungus which has filamentous fungus when grown at 25 degrees C and a yeast form at 37 degrees C. blastospore a spore that arises by budding, as in yeasts. bleed to lose sap through a cut or wound.

Commercial buildings often have their foyer as an atrium. Many homes have built in atriums. assimilatory nitrate reduction conversion of nitrate to reduced forms of nitrogen, generally ammonium, for the synthesis of amino acids and proteins. autoecious capable of completing a life cycle on one host. associative symbiosis close but relatively casual interaction between two dissimilar organisms or biological systems. The association may be mutually beneficial but is not required for accomplishment of a particular function.

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