Ethylene for syngamy events?

Tue Dec 5 15:08:20 EST 2000

Hi Scott,

Indeed I don't know the answer to that one...
whether wound-induced ethylene plays any
role in the further "ripening" of the aril or in
the events leading to syngamy...or not.  I
suspect the former but have no inclinations 
about the latter, and I don't know of literature
on the subject, though it may exist.

I kind of wish I had a big, old female ginkgo to
produce me some ovules for testing these ideas.

I have been after our physical plant staff to keep
diversity of new plantings high on the "design concept"
for our campus, and they finally planted ginkgos 
but they look to "columnar" to me...I think they are
the all-male common-clone that is sold by


Professor Ross E. Koning, PhD
Chapter President ECSU-AAUP
Biology Department - Goddard Hall
Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic, Connecticut 06226 USA

Phone: (860)-465-5327
FAX: (860)-465-5213
Pager: (860)-744-2705
email: koning at

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> From: 	Scott_Shumway at
> Sent: 	Tuesday, December 5, 2000 2:38 PM
> To: 	plant-ed at
> Subject: 	RE: Ginkgo homework
> At 2:00 PM -0500 12/5/00, KONING,ROSS E. (Biology) wrote:
> >The ovule falls from the tree.  The bruised fleshy integument
> >layer (the aril) will start making butyric acid.  The pollen
> >tube finishes its pathway through the nucellus to the
> >egg.  The sperm cell swims through the last bit of digested
> >fluid and the egg engulfs it.  This is the SYNGAMY event.
> >It happens while the ovule is on the ground in the fall.
> From your explanation and my prior understanding it seems like the fall of
> the ovule from the tree and the completion of syngamy are timed to
> coincide.  Is this true and is there a mechanistic explanation?
> Scott Shumway
> Associate Professor of Biology
> Dept. of Biology
> Wheaton College
> Norton, MA 02766
> 508-286-3945
> "Scott_Shumway at"
> fax 508-285-8278
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