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1-Methylcyclopropene (also known as 1-MCP) is a synthetic compound that is commonly used in the postharvest handling of fruits and vegetables. It is a cyclopropene derivative that functions as an ethylene inhibitor, delaying the ripening and senescence (aging) of plants.


Chemical Structure and Properties[edit | edit source]


1-Methylcyclopropene has the chemical formula C_4H_6 and is a gas at room temperature. It is a member of the cyclopropene family, which are cyclic hydrocarbons with a three-membered ring. The molecule consists of a cyclopropene ring with a methyl group (-CH_3) attached to one of the carbon atoms.

Uses[edit | edit source]

1-MCP is primarily used in the agricultural industry to delay the ripening and senescence of fruits and vegetables. It works by binding to the ethylene receptor in plants, preventing the ethylene from triggering the ripening process. This allows for longer storage and transport times, and helps to reduce food waste.

Safety and Environmental Impact[edit | edit source]

1-MCP is generally considered safe for use on food crops, but like all chemicals, it should be used responsibly to minimize potential harm to humans and the environment. It is not known to be harmful to humans, but it can cause eye and skin irritation in high concentrations. It is also not known to be harmful to the environment, but it can contribute to air pollution if not properly managed.

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