Journal Of Applied Horticulture ISSN: 0972-1045


W. Liu, M. Yang and H. Liang

College of Life Sciences, Zhongkai University of Agriculture and Engineering, Guangzhou, China.

Key words: Actinidia chinensis, gender identification, leaf, morphology

Journal of Applied Horticulture, 2012, volume 14, issue 1, pages 25-28.

Abstract: Differences of leaf morphology between male and female plants of Actinidia chinensis were observed by means of microscopic and scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations. The experimental results showed that ratios of guard cell length to width were significantly different between male and female plants, which were greater than 3 in male plants and lower than 3 in female plants. Leaf shapes and petiole appearance were slightly different among different cultivars, however, the special parameter related to gender could not be found. Male seedlings and female seedlings germinated from seeds in the same fruit could be identified according to ratio of guard cell length to width. It is suggested that ratio of guard cell length to width may be used as a good marker to distinguish male plants from female plants in A. chinensis.

Journal of Applied Horticulture