- Volume 20 Issue 1
Microstructures of 18 kinds of legume seeds (15 varieties including 3 strains) which were cultivated in tropical areas, were observed under a light microscope. Majority of legume seeds were composed of starchy cotyledonary cells in which large amounts of single starch granules were contained, while a few had cotyledonary cells filled with a number of protain bodies. Starch granules were different in size and shape depending on varieties. Some contained lipid bodies distributed in cytoplasmic network, and were distinctive in thick cell walls. Microstructure of soybean was also observed for the comparison of the structures.