Ethylene

Ethylene

Ethylene, C2H4, is a colorless flammable gas derived from natural gas and petroleum and used as a source of many organic compounds. It is a plant hormone that will be produced as ripening begins. Ethylene is in responsible for texture changes, softening, color, and many other processes involved in ripening. Besides causing fruit to ripen, it can cause plants to die because it can be produced when plants are injured. Some of its effects include fruit ripening, loss of chlorophyll, and stem shortening. Ethylene gas is often used commercially. Examples of fruits that produce ethylene are apples and bananas.

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