Tomato Ripening

Barani barani at mace.cc.purdue.edu
Mon Apr 24 21:03:33 EST 1995

 It is known that production of ethylene in tomato causes its
 ripening. Ethylene can be considered to be a reducing agent
 based on its ability to get oxidised. Therefore, it puzzles me
 to find a situation where 'ageing' is brought about by a 
 reducing agent instead of an oxidising agent. Also the ethylene 
 production is not caused by external factors and instead it is 
 genetic programming. 

 Will Oxidative Free Radical Theorists enlighten me? 

 B-142 Lilly Hall of Life Sciences
 Purdue University
 W.Lafayette IN 47907-1392.

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