Bananas, pears, apples and potatoes produce a gas called ______ that accelerates the ripening process of other fruits and vegetables.
- Trichloroanisole (TCA)
- Carbon dioxide
The answer is ethylene.
Ethylene is a natural plant hormone released in the form of a gas. It triggers cells to degrade, fruit to turn softer and sweeter, leaves to droop, and seeds or buds to sprout.
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