How Does Ethylene Ripen Fruit?

Ethylene is produced by all the fruits. It is a gaseous plant hormone. The level of ethylene is very low when the fruit is in an unripe state. Climacteric fruits start producing larger amounts of ethylene as they start ripening. It increases the respiration rate in fruits while ripening. This is called respiratory climactic. Fruits also increase the rate of ripening in response to external application of ethylene.

 

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