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Effects of bagging on sugar metabolism and the activity of sugar metabolism related enzymes during fruit development of Qingzhong loquat

Z Ni, Z Zhang, Z Gao, L Gu, L Huang

Abstract


To investigate the effects of bagging on sugar metabolism and the activity of sugar metabolism related enzymes in Qingzhong loquat fruit development, the contents of sucrose, glucose and soluble solids as well as the activities of sugar metabolism related enzymes were evaluated. The content of sucrose, glucose and soluble solids increased, while the content of fructose, sorbitol and titratable acidity decreased in ripe fruit in response to bagging. In addition, the activities of acid invertase (AI) and neutral invertase (NI) in the bagged fruit were lower than that in the non-bagged fruit, and the activities of sucrose synthase (SS) and sucrose-phosphate synthase (SPS) in the bagged fruit were higher than that in the non-bagged fruit. The activities of SDH (sorbitol dehydrogenase) and SOX (sorbitol oxidase) in the bagged fruit were lower than those in the non-bagged fruit, but there was no significant difference, whereas the activities of SS and SPS in the bagged fruit were significantly higher than that in the non-bagged fruit, suggesting that bagging mainly increased the products of photosynthesis by enhancing the activities of SS and SPS.

Key words: Loquat, bagging, sugar metabolism.




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