Ethylene Effects

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Ethylene can be both beneficial and detrimental to the storage of horticultural crops. Practical uses for C2H4 and treatments to minimize its adverse effects have slowly accumulated over almost a century of study. The three general methods used to modulate C2H4 activity involve controlling exposure, altering perception, and varying the response of the tissue. An understanding of ethylene’s synthetic pathway and mode of action has greatly expanded the ability of Postharvest physiologists to devise treatments and storage conditions to control C2H4 during the commercial storage and handling of horticultural crops.

Mikal E. Saltveit
University of California, Davis, CA