Ethylene

This molecule is a hydrocarbon with a faint odor when it is at its pure stage. This molecule is a colorless flammable gas widely used in the chemical industry. It is the second simplest unsaturated hydrocarbon and the first simplest alkene. It is also a very important natural plant hormone. It is used to force fruit to ripen in agriculture. Ethylene can both stimulate and regulate the ripening of fruit, the shedding of leaves, and the opening of flowers. It acts at trace levels throughout the entire life of a plant. Plants produce ethylene at certain stages of growth that include ripening of fruits, germination, senescence of flowers, and abscission of leaves but it can also be induced through wounds, chemicals, and environmental stresses.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s