Auxin-Induced Ethylene Formation: Its Relation to Flowering in the Pineapple

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Science  27 May 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3726, pp. 1269
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3726.1269


Within I day after pineapple plants are treated with naphthalene acetic acid they begin producing ethylene. It is suggested that applied auxins mimic the action of ethylene by stimulating ethylene formation, and that ethylene, not auxin, causes pineapples to flower.