Biology and Biotechnology of the Plant Hormone Ethylene


Vendrell, M.,
Klee, H.,
Pech, J.C.,
Romojaro, F.

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Ethylene is a simple gaseous plant hormone produced by higher plants and also by bacteria and fungi. Its physiology is continuously going through new developments in cellular, molecular biology and genetic engineering of plants. The understanding of the role and function of ethylene in plant growth, development, fruit ripening, senescence, etc., has been improved through new works and methodologies. Studies on ethylene and developmentally-regulated processes in ripening of climacteric fruits and a better knowledge on ethylene receptors and antagonists that prevent an ethylene response open possibilities of application of particular value in horticulture and postharvest. Advances on the different topics will be published