Olives by Ioannis Therios

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Hence, seedlings of the cv. Ascolano reduce the height of the cvs Mission, Manzanillo and Sevillano. The rootstock O. oblonga reduces the height of Manzanillo less than that of Mission, while it promotes the growth of Sevillano. Also, the cv. Redding Picholine reduces the vigour of Manzanillo. Other genotypes tested as rootstocks, but without promising results, were O. ferruginea, O. chrysophylla, Forestiera neomexicana, Fraxinus and Syringa vulgaris. Trunk The olive trunk is cylindrical, with an uneven surface, bearing a lot of swellings.

Begins to flower and produce fruit at the age of 8 years. The olive tree produces both perfect and staminate flowers. The perfect flowers contain two stamens and a well-developed ovary (green in colour), while staminate flowers contain an aborted ovary (very small in size) and normal stamens. The percentage of perfect flowers depends on many factors such as the cultivar, the number of inflorescences per plant, the soil moisture and the leaf nitrogen content during the period of flowering differentiation.

The enzyme ␤-glucosidase in organelles converts oleuropein to a glutaraldehyde-like substance. Therefore, oleuropein activated by ␤-glucosidase has very strong protein-denaturing, protein-cross-linking and lysine-alkylating activities, and L. obtusifolium has developed an effective defence mechanism, with oleuropein as a protein cross-linker. Antioxidant activity of olive oil Among the phenolic compounds found in extra virgin oils, gallic, caffeic, vanillic, p-coumaric, syringic, ferulic, homovanillic, hydroxybenzoic, protocatechuic acids, tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol are the most important.

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