Ethylene gas: it's not just for ripening any more!

Trends Genet. 1993 Oct;9(10):356-62. doi: 10.1016/0168-9525(93)90041-f.


Hormones play a central role in regulating plant growth and development. There are five well-characterized plant hormones, the chemically simplest of which is the gaseous olefin ethylene. Molecular genetic studies of Arabidopsis are beginning to reveal the mechanisms controlling ethylene biosynthesis, perception and signal transduction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / genetics
  • Arabidopsis / physiology*
  • Ethylenes* / biosynthesis
  • Ethylenes* / pharmacology
  • Mutation


  • Ethylenes
  • ethylene