Feed on

This weekend I was reading about petrochemical feedstocks. Ethane (C2H6) is produced from natural gas. Ethane is used to produce ethylene. Ethylene is also used in plant biology, specifically to ripen things. So the next time you put bananas in a brown paper bag with other fruit to help it ripen, it’s the ethylene being offgassed from the banana that helps the ripening process. Neat.

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