Ethylene Production in Fading Vanda Orchid Blossoms

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Science  14 Jun 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3572, pp. 1217-1218
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3572.1217


The production of ethylene by fading blooms of Vanda Miss Agnes Joaquim, determined quantitatively by the perchlorate manometric procedure, was correlated with the degree of fading. A peak production of over 3400 µl per kilogram hour was obtained when 97 percent of the blooms were faded.