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The production of fruit without fertilization.

[Greek parthenos, virgin + Greek karpos, fruit; see -carp + -y.]

par′the·no·car′pic adj.
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(Botany) the development of fruit without fertilization or formation of seeds
[C20: from Greek parthenos virgin + karpos fruit]
parˌthenoˈcarpic, parˌthenoˈcarpous adj
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Noun1.parthenocarpy - (botany) the development of a fruit without fertilization or seeds
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
apomixis - any of several kinds of reproduction without fertilization
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The variety 'Giombo' belongs to the group of pollination variant (PVA), has a clear pulp, and astringency as the fruit develops for parthenocarpy (Campo-Dall'orto et al., 1996).
However, the higher fruit set induced by these substances is due to a higher rate of parthenocarpy (VERCAMMEN; GOMAND, 2008; PETRI et al., 2001), but often leading to misshapen fruits (BIANCHI et al., 2000), which are not desirable.
Garcia-Martinez, The Gene Pat-2, Which Induces Natural Parthenocarpy, Alters the Gibberellin Content in Unpollinated Tomato Ovaries, Plant Physiol., 122, 471 (2000).
The fruit of Bursera: structure, maturation and parthenocarpy. AoB Plants.
Hayata Y, Niimi Y, Iwasaki N (1995) Synthetic cytokinin -1-(2-chloro-4-pyridyl)-3-phenylurea (CPPU)--promotes fruit set and induces parthenocarpy in watermelon.
The abnormality is akin to parthenocarpy, which is known to be caused by altered hormone profile of flowers/fruits in many species.
Cultivated bananas, on the other hand, are triploid (2n=3x=33), with a variable degree of parthenocarpy and sterility, and present a low number or complete absence of seeds (SILVA et al., 2002; FORTESCUE & TURNER, 2005a).
Conduct library research to learn more about at least three of the following: parthenogenesis, apomixis, gynogenesis, pseudogamy, facultative parthenogenesis, cyclical parthenogenesis, heterogony, thelytoky, arrhenotoky, parthenocarpy, and apomictic parthenogenesis.