Rapidly Induced Wound Ethylene from Excised Segments of Etiolated Pisum sativum L., cv. Alaska: III. Induction and Transmission of the Response

Saltveit, M.E.; Dilley, D.R.

Plant Physiology 62(5): 710-712


ISSN/ISBN: 0032-0889
PMID: 16660590
DOI: 10.1104/pp.62.5.710
Accession: 050113717

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Increased ethylene synthesis was rapidly induced throughout the apical meristematic region of etiolated seedlings of Pisum sativum L., cv. Alaska by cuts made 1 centimeter from the apical hook. The wound signal was transmitted at about 2 millimeters per minute. Accumulation of substance(s) at the cut surfaces of excised sections, as the result of interrupted translocation, did not initiate or significantly contribute to wound-induced ethylene synthesis, nor was the cut surface the site of enhanced ethylene synthesis. Cutting subapical sections into shorter pieces showed that cells less than 2 millimeters from a cut surface produced about 30% less ethylene than cells greater than 2 millimeters from a cut surface.