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Reversible inhibition of tomato fruit senescence by antisense RNA.

Authors
  • Oeller, P W
  • Lu, M W
  • Taylor, L P
  • Pike, D A
  • Theologis, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Publication Date
Oct 18, 1991
Volume
254
Issue
5030
Pages
437–439
Identifiers
PMID: 1925603
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

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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