Stone Fruits: Growth and Nitrogen and Organic Acid Metabolism in the Fruits and Seeds—A Review

Franco Famiani (Lead / Corresponding author), Claudio Bonghi, Zhi Hui Chen, María F. Drincovich, Daniela Farinelli, María V. Lara, Simona Proietti, Adolfo Rosati, Giannina Vizzotto, Robert P. Walker (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Stone fruits of the Rosaceae family consist of several distinct parts, and these include the flesh, woody endocarp, and seed. To understand the metabolism of these fruits, it is necessary to have knowledge of both their structure and growth characteristics. The nitrogen metabolism of the different tissues of stone fruits is interlinked. For example, there is an import and storage of nitrogenous compounds in the endocarp that are then exported to the seed. Moreover, there are links between the metabolism of nitrogen and that of malic/citric acids. In this article, the structure and growth characteristics, together with the import/export, contents, metabolism, and functions of nitrogenous compounds and organic acids in the different parts of stone fruits and their seeds are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number572601
Number of pages16
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2020


  • endocarp metabolism
  • fruit growth
  • nitrogen compounds
  • organic acids
  • seed metabolism


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