Ethylene in Plant Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120414505, 9780323156462

Ethylene in Plant Biology

1st Edition

Authors: Frederick Abeles
eBook ISBN: 9780323156462
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1973
Page Count: 312
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Ethylene in Plant Biology focuses on the role of ethylene in plant physiology and the interrelationship between ethylene, fruit ripening, and respiration. It summarizes the physiology, biochemistry, production, regulation, plant effects, metabolism, and mechanism of action of ethylene.
This book presents an introduction to basic chemistry of ethylene and available techniques for its sampling and analysis. Then, it discusses the rate, environmental conditions, and reactions involved in ethylene production. Chapter 4 examines the effects of herbicides and hormones, such as auxin, gibberellins, cytokinins, and abscisic acid, on ethylene production. Meanwhile, the next chapter studies the so-called stress ethylene phenomenon in plants. In particular, this book examines the role of insects, temperature, water, gamma-irradiation, and mechanical and chemical stimuli in stress ethylene. The biochemical aspects of ethylene are covered in the subsequent chapters. These include its role in growth and development of plant, phytogerontological activity, role in ethylene synthesis, respiration, pigmentation, and hormone regulation. Chapter 9 presents the activity of ethylene relative to other hydrocarbon analogs and dose-response relationships for a number of ethylene-mediated processes. The concluding chapters tackle the attachment of ethylene to its site of action, including epinasty, root initiation, intumescence formation, and floral initiation. A discussion on the issue of ethylene air pollution is included.
This book will be useful to both undergraduate students and professional workers, especially those who have background in plant anatomy, plant physiology, or biochemistry.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction Text References
  2. Chemistry and Analysis of Ethylene I. Chemistry II. Ethylene Analysis References
  3. Physiology and Biochemistry of Ethylene Production I. Variety of Organisms and Rates of Production II. Environmental Control III. Biochemistry of Ethylene Production References
  4. Hormonal and Herbicidal Regulation of Ethylene I. Auxin II. Gibberellins III. Cytokinins IV. Abscisic Acid V. Growth Retardants VI. Regulation of Ethylene Production by 2,4-D and Other Herbicides VII. Ethrel and Other Ethylene-Releasing Chemicals References
  5. Stress Ethylene I. Insects II. Temperature III. Water IV. γ-Irradiation V. Disease VI. Mechanical Effects VII. Chemical Effects VIII. Conclusions References
  6. Growth and Developmental Effects of Ethylene I. Dormancy II. Growth III. Epinasty IV. Hook Opening V. Induction of Roots and Root Hairs VI. Hypertrophy VII. Exudation VIII. Flowering IX. Gravitational Responses X. Effect on Motor Cells XI. Algae and Fungi References
  7. Phytogerontological Effects of Ethylene I. Flower Fading and Leaf Senescence II. Fruit Ripening III. Abscission References
  8. Regulation of Metabolie and Physiological Systems by Ethylene I. Role of Ethylene in Disease and Disease Resistance II. Role of Ethylene in Enzyme Synthesis III. Effect on Respiration IV. Effects on Pigmentation V. Regulation of Hormone Biochemistry and Physiology VI. Cold Hardiness References
  9. Ethylene Analogs and Antagonists I. Ethylene Analogs II. Ethylene Antagonist—CO2 III. Dose-Response Relationships IV. Other Compounds References
  10. Mechanism of Ethylene Action I. Attachment Site II. Effect on Isolated Enzymes III. Membranes IV. Regulation of Nucleic Acid and Protein Metabolism V. Conclusions References


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