The invention relates to transgenic plants having reduced sensitivity to ethylene as a result of having a recombinant nucleic acid encoding an F-box protein that interacts with a EIN3 involved in an ethylene response of plants, and a method of producing a transgenic plant with reduced ethylene sensitivity by transforming the plant with a nucleic acid sequence encoding an F-box protein. The inventions also relates to methods of altering the ethylene response in a plant by modulating the activity or expression of an F-box protein.
This invention was made with United States Government Support under Grant No. 1F32GM66639 from the National Institute of Health, Grant No. MCB-0213154 from the National Science Foundation, and Grant No. DE-FG03-00 ER15113 from the Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in this invention.