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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Trichomes: Chemical Factories with Many Potential Uses

Authors
item Peter, A - ICRISAT
item Shanower, Thomas

Submitted to: Journal of Science Education
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: September 1, 1998
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Most plants have hairs, or trichomes, on their surface that serve a number of functions including heat and moisture conservation and defense from herbivores. There are two main types of trichome, glandular which produce o store liquid exudates, and non-glandular or simple hairs. The glandular trichomes of some plants produce commercially important substances and in the future greater use could be made of these products.

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