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See under parthenocarpy.

Term (virgin fruit) for the unisexual reproduction or fruit development without prior fertilization in plants, which occurs without the formation of seeds or kernels. The phenomenon also occurs in animals such as phylloxera and is called parthenogenesis (virgin production). Certain hormones simulate a fertilisation situation for the unfertilised egg cell, which then begins to divide and matures into an organism. In plants, a distinction is made between inductive, spontaneously occurring vegetative and sham parthenocarpy (stenospermocarpy) triggered by external stimuli....

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