Fructose 2,6-bisphosphate and the climacteric in bananas

K L Ball, T ap Rees

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This work was done to test the view that there is a marked rise in the content of fructose 2,6-bisphosphate during the climacteric of the fruit of banana (Musa cavendishii Lamb ex. Paxton). Bananas were ripened in the dark in a continuous stream of air in the absence of exogenous ethylene. CO2 production and the contents of fructose 2,6-bisphosphate and sucrose were monitored over a 15-day period. A range of extraction procedures for fructose 2,6-bisphosphate were compared. Recovery of fructose 2,6-bisphosphate added to samples of unripe fruit varied from poor to unmeasurable. Recoveries from samples of ripe fruit were high. It is argued that this differential recovery of fructose 2,6-bisphosphate undermines claims that the amount of this compound increases at the climacteric. When recoveries are taken into account, our data suggest that there is no major change in fructose 2,6-bisphosphate content during the onset of the climacteric in bananas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-41
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Biochemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 1988

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Fructosediphosphates
  • Fruit
  • Hexosediphosphates
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Plants
  • Sucrose


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