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Ethylene the Ripening Hormone

Ethylene the Ripening Hormone

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ETHYLENETHYLENETHE RIPENING HORMONEHE RIPENING HORMONE
 
Ethylene Facts
Ethylene is a natural plant hormone
.
 It affects the growth, development, ripening,and senescence (aging) of all plants. It isnormally produced in small quantities by mostfruits and vegetables. Many fruits producelarger quantities of ethylene and respond withuniform ripening when exposed to an externalsource of ethylene.
 
 
Ethylene has been found not harmful or toxic tohumans in the concentrations found in ripeningrooms.
 
In fact, ethylene was used medically as a anesthetic inconcentrations significantly greater than that found ina ripening room. However, ethylene is often targetedas the reason for difficulty in breathing in ripeningrooms; what can affect some people is usually either:a) Carbon Dioxide (CO
2
,) levels: CO
2
, is produced bythe ripening fruit in the room and levels increase over time, or b) Oxygen levels: The oxygen in the room whenloaded is taken in by the ripening fruit. This sometimeswill make breathing in a ripening room difficult. Theincreased CO
2
, and decreased oxygen levels are themain reasons for venting the ripening room.

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