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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Using a differential scanning calorimeter, plant physiologist Christina Walters can detect phase-state changes of water and lipids in seeds. First she cools thin slices of seed tissues sealed in tiny aluminum pans (held in tweezers) to -170°C. The relationship she finds between a seed's water content, temperature at which its heat capacity changes, and size of the change give clues about the nature of glasses that form.

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Last Modified: 8/12/2016
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