Ethylene is a hydrocarbon used as a hormone in plants. In its pure state, it is a colorless flammable gas. In plants, ethylene stimulates many different factors, like the ripening or fruit or the opening of flowers. It also stimulates the shedding of leaves. Plants generally produce ethylene from all parts, and is regulated by environmental factors. In agricultural farms, plants are treated with the gas to speed up the ripening process.


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