Senescence Inhibition and Respiration

Science  13 Oct 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3485, pp. 1075
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3485.1075


Freshly harvested asparagus spears treated with N6-benzyladenine and then held in the dark at 21°C for 136 hours showed a lower respiration rate, as measured by CO2 evolution, than nontreated spears. Associated with the lower respiration rate were proportional decreases in postharvest spear elongation and weight loss through desiccation.