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Abscisic Acid:

A Seed Maturation and


Antistress Signal
Abscisic Acid (ABA)
Physiologists suspected that the
phenomena of seed & bud
dormancy were caused by inhibitory
compounds.
The experiments led to the
identification of a group of growth-
inhibiting compounds, including
dormin
Upon discovery that dormin
was chemically identical to a
substance that promotes the
abscission of cotton fruits,
abscissin II
The compound was
renamed abscisic acid (ABA)
Occurrence, Chemical Structure,
and Measurement of ABA
ABA is a ubiquitous plant
hormone in vascular plants.