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Leaf Wax of 'Triticum aestivum',
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA SASKATOON (SASKATCHEWAN) PRAIRIE REGIONAL LAB
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Leaf waxes of a club wheat and of two durum wheats were analysed previously. The wheat varieties most commonly grown in Canada, However, are varieties of Triticum aestivum L. Gramineae having the spring growth habit. Accordingly, in continuation of an investigation of differences between waxes of species and varieties of plants important in agriculture, the composition of the waxes of two varieties of spring wheat have been determined. The varieties Selkirk and Manitou were examined because they are not closely related by breeding, having only about half their parents in common. Since one objective of these investigations was isolation and identification of possibly useful wax components, plants were extracted at the stage which gave the greatest yield of wax when the flag leaf was completely formed. This paper describes the separation, analysis and identification of the wax components.
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