Acta Botanica Sinica Volume 22 Issue 3, Pages .
Approach to Physiological Functions of Ethrel in the Ripening of Cotton Boll

Shen Yue-qing, Fang Bing-chu and Sheng Min-zhi

Both leaf and boll of cotton can absorb ethrel and the acceptor releases ethylene rapidly. Ethrel absorbed by leaves can release ethylene in bolls, whereas that absorbed by bolls cannot release ethylene in leaves. Bolls treated with ethrel has two peaks in ethylene releasing. The first peak appears about two days after treatment, and the second appears before the splitting of boll. The control has only one peak in ethylene releasing which appears eight days later than the second peak of the bolls treated with ethrel. This coincides with the fact that ethrel enables bolls to split seven to ten days earlier. The releasing of ethylene by cotton bolls is closely related to temperature, and is accelerated with increasing temperature no matter cotton bolls are treated with ethrel or not.

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