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?
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.