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Ethephon hastens ripening of Japanese plums


George M. Leavitt
Marvin H. Gerdts
Gary L. Obenauf
F. Gordon Mitchell
Harry Andris

Authors Affiliations

George M. Leavitt is Farm Advisor, Madera County; Marvin H. Gerdts is Pomologist, San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier; Gary L. Obenauf is Farm Advisor, Fresno County; F. Gordon Mitchell is Pomologist, Marketing, University of California, Davis; Harry Andris is Staff Research Associate, Parlier.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 31(6):18-19. DOI:10.3733/ca.v031n06p18. June 1977.

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Reported effects of the growth regulator ethephon on fruit maturity in many crops include earlier skin color changes, earlier flesh softening, and occasional increases in soluble solids. In 1975, preharvest ethephon applications on Japanese plum (Prunus salicina) were evaluated for their influence on fruit maturation and postharvest ripening.

Leavitt G, Gerdts M, Obenauf G, Mitchell F, Andris H. 1977. Ethephon hastens ripening of Japanese plums. Hilgardia 31(6):18-19. DOI:10.3733/ca.v031n06p18
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