Ethylene controls fruit ripening. Expression of antisense RNA to the rate-limiting enzyme in the biosynthetic pathway of ethylene, 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate synthase, inhibits fruit ripening in tomato plants. Administration of exogenous ethylene or propylene reverses the inhibitory effect. This result demonstrates that ethylene is the trigger and not the by-product of ripening and raises the prospect that the life-span of plant tissues can be extended, thereby preventing spoilage.
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