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Nature 225, 1019 - 1022 (14 March 1970); doi:10.1038/2251019a0

Ethylene, the Natural Regulator of Leaf Abscission

MICHAEL B. JACKSON & DAPHNE J. OSBORNE

Department of Agricultural Science and ARC Unit of Experimental Agronomy, University of Oxford

Natural leaf fall is triggered by increased ethylene production in senescing cells close to abscission zones.

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