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im a junior in high school and i have to do a research paper on the chemistry behind fruit ripening. all i seem to find is information on ethylene gas. my teacher whats to know the chemicals involved in fruit ripening and im not having much luck. do you think you could possibly help?



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You have found it! Ethylene plant hormone is the main agent!

A book on the subject:

Biology and Biotechnology of the Plant Hormone Ethylene
A. K. Kanellis (Editor) C. Chang (Editor) D. Grierson (Editor) H. Kende (Editor)

This hormone is used in the produce industry to schedule the ripening of fruit so they are peaking when they make the shelves. The introduction of this hormone can make ripening occur earlier than normal.

http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/courses.hp/gen364/ag_22.html

Steve Sample



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