Induction of ripening in the fruits of Momordica charantia L. by ethylene

Authors

  • S.J. Kays Department of Horticulture, Coastal Plain Experiment Station, Tifton, Ga., U.S.A.
  • M.J. Hayes Department of Horticulture, Coastal Plain Experiment Station, Tifton, Ga., U.S.A.

Abstract

Fruits of Momordica charantia, L. synthesize ethylene, the rate of which increased substantially prior to ripening. Treatment of mature green fruits with exogenous ethylene concentrations of 0·5 to 10·0 ?l/l greatly decreased the length of time between harvest and fruit ripening. Endogenous synthesis of ethylene appears to be involved in the natural regulatory system controlling fruit ripening of M. charantia.

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Research Papers