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|Molar mass||210.27 g/mol|
|Boiling point||160 °C at 0.7 mmHg|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
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The major function of JA and its various metabolites is regulating plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses as well as plant growth and development.  Regulated plant growth and development processes include growth inhibition, senescence, tendril coiling, flower development and leaf abscission. JA is also responsible for tuber formation in potatoes, yams, and onions. It has an important role in response to wounding of plants and systemic acquired resistance. When plants are attacked by insects, they respond by releasing JA, which activates the expression of protease inhibitors, among many other anti-herbivore defense compounds. These protease inhibitors prevent proteolytic activity of the insects' digestive proteases or "salivary proteins", thereby stopping them from acquiring the needed nitrogen in the protein for their own growth.
This chemical may have a role in pest control, according to an October 2008 BBC News report. Researchers at the UK's Lancaster University have signed a licensing deal with an American company to market jasmonic acid as a seed treatment. JA seed treatment stimulates the natural anti-pest defenses of the plants that germinate from the treated seeds, without harming plant growth as happens when jasmonates are sprayed onto plants that have already started growing. 
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- Lutz, Diana (2012). Key part of plants' rapid response system revealed. Washington University in St. Louis. http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/23979.aspx
- Zavala, J. A.; Patankar, A. G.; Gase, K.; Hui, D.; Baldwin, I. T. (2004). "Manipulation of Endogenous Trypsin Proteinase Inhibitor Production in Nicotiana attenuata Demonstrates Their Function as Antiherbivore Defenses". Plant Physiology 134 (3): 1181–1190. doi:10.1104/pp.103.035634. PMC 389942. PMID 14976235.
- "Success for plants' pest control". BBC News. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Worrall, D.; Holroyd, G. H.; Moore, J. P.; Glowacz, M.; Croft, P.; Taylor, J. E.; Paul, N. D.; Roberts, M. R. (2012). "Treating seeds with activators of plant defence generates long-lasting priming of resistance to pests and pathogens.". New Phytologist 193 (3): 770–778. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.03987.x. PMID 22142268.
- Sankawa, Ushio; Barton, Derek H. R.; Nakanishi, Koji; Meth-Cohn, Otto, eds. (1999). Comprehensive Natural Products Chemistry : Polyketides and Other Secondary Metabolites Including Fatty Acids and Their Derivatives. Pergamon Press. ISBN 0-08-043153-4.