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The Stress Induced Volatile Emissions (SIVE) Technique for Measuring Levels of Stress in Conifer Seedlings

Author(s) or contact(s): D.R. Drakeford and C. D.B. Hawkins
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Tree Improvement and Genetics
Series: FRDA Report
Other details:  Published 1989. Hardcopy is available.


The stress induced volatile emissions technique (SIVE) uses gas chromatography to measure the levels of certain gases (such as acetaldehyde.ethane, ethanol, or ethylene) which are released in a response to a given stress by plant tissue (needles and stems). This manual is intended to give a short outline of the technique. It provides instructions necessary to sample the tissue, to run the samples through the gas chromatography (GC) ensuring safe operation at all times, to collect the data for analysis by computer and to pack the two analytical columns utilized in this procedure.

FRDA Research Report 084 (627 KB)

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