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Membrane potential and electrical resistance for two isolated fruit cuticular membranes (tomato and pepper cuticles) were measured for different NaCl solutions (10-3 ᴍ < C < 5 × 10-2 ᴍ). From these experimental results some membrane characteristic parameters were obtained such as cation transport number, t+, which represents the fraction of the electric current transported by the cation, l+ , with respect to the total current, lT (t+ = l+/lT) , and ionic permeabilities, P+ and P-, for both membranes. Concentration dependence of these parameters was also considered. A comparative study between both types of fruit cuticles is also made. It was found that cation transport number, ionic permeabilities and electrical resistances are quite similar for both membranes.