Cecilia Beatriz Peña-Valdivia

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Agave salmiana Otto ex Salm-Dyck, a crassulacean acid metabolism plant that is adapted to water-limited environments, has great potential for bioenergy production. However, drought stress decreases the requirement for light energy, and if the amount of incident light exceeds energy consumption, the photosynthetic apparatus can be injured, thereby limiting(More)
Chilli CM334 (Capsicum annuum L.) is resistant to Phytophthora capsici Leonian (Pc), but Nacobbus aberrans Thorne and Allen, 1944 (Na) broke down its resistance in plants previously infected by the nematode. Peroxidase (POD) and L-phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL) activity, total soluble phenols (TSP) and chlorogenic acid concentration in CM334 plants(More)
Domestication is an evolutionary process that modifies morphological, physiological, chemical and genetic features of wild plants, and is a product of artificial selection. A gradient of domestication can be appreciated in species of the Opuntia genus. There are wild species like O. streptacantha, others semi-domesticated like O. hyptiacantha O. megacantha(More)
Root anatomical responses to water deficit are diverse and regulation of water uptake strongly depends on plant anatomy. The ancestors of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) cultivars are the wild common beans. Because wild beans adapt and survive well in the natural environment, it is hypothesized that wild common bean roots are less affected than those of(More)
The aim of this study was to quantify mucilages, pectins, hemicelluloses, and cellulose of nopalitos (edible, as vegetable, young cladodes of flat-stemmed spiny cacti) of most consumed Mexican cultivars, and sweet and acid cactus pear fruits of Opuntia spp. The hypothesis is that, regardless of their unavailable polysaccharides diversity, nopalitos and(More)
The objective of this study was to compare six samples of Mexican wild common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) against three landraces and three improved cultivars with respect to physical and chemical attributes, and the culinary quality potential of their grain. A completely randomized experimental design was used to characterize the twelve genotypes. Data(More)
The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that root of maguey (Agave salmiana Otto ex Salm-Dyck) seedlings reacts during the first 24 h to low substrate water potential (PsiW), by anatomical modifications. Three-4 cm root length seedlings were planted in vermiculite for 24 h at PsiW between -0.03 and -2.35 MPa. Root dimensions, proline content(More)
Domestication is an evolutionary process that culminates with the origin of individuals or populations that are morpho-physiologically, chemically and genetically different from their wild, congeneric relatives. The aim of the present study was to quantify the inter- and intra-specific variation in fruit biomass, number of seeds, and physical(More)
A gradient of domestication based on morphological characteristics has been observed in species of Opuntia genus; but, a biophysical and physiological gradient have been not described. This study aimed to quantify biophysical and physiological characteristics in nopalitos (edible young cladodes of flat-stemmed spiny cacti) of 15 variants of five Opuntia(More)
The Opuntia genus is a valuable source of ancestral Mexican food. Different plant parts are used, including the stems (cladodes), fruits (“tunas”), and flowers. Additionally, the Opuntia genus is important because of its species richness, chemical composition, and adaptability for growing in very dry environments. A morphological characterization of 46(More)