Help! Meaning of "cv"

stephen fitzgerald stephenf at
Thu Sep 28 04:38:34 EST 1995

>I need to know what is the meaning of the abbreviation "cv" on following 
>	- Samples of 16 species and cv of pineapples were analysed for 
>	bromelain activity.

Cv is indeed Cultivars which is a new fangled word for 'Cultivated 
Varieties' These are plants that are selected for different traits such 
as leaf colour, fruit size or whatever. In most countries there is a 
cultivar register. If the characteristic of the selection is constant 
then the plant can be registered and even patented. It is not a 
recognised botanical group like 'species'.


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