Is ethylene binding after treatment of pre-climacteric bananas to stimulate ripening reversible or permanent?

  • Ren� Tong
  • Charles S. Whitehead


The results of this study indicate that the binding of ethylene to its receptors after a short exposure to ethylene is reversible, while exposure for a longer time period results in irreversible binding. However, if exposure to ethylene exceeds a certain threshold time period, the ethylene binding becomes permanent.

Author Biographies

Ren� Tong
Department of Botanyand Plant Biotechnology
Charles S. Whitehead
Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology
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