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Skeletal formula of 6-benzylaminopurine
Ball-and-stick model of the 6-benzylaminopurine molecule
Systematic IUPAC name
Other names
Benzyl adenine; 6-Benzyladenine
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.013.570
Molar mass 225.26 g·mol−1
Appearance White to off-white powder
Safety data sheet External MSDS
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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6-Benzylaminopurine, benzyl adenine or BAP is a first-generation synthetic cytokinin that elicits plant growth and development responses, setting blossoms and stimulating fruit richness by stimulating cell division. It is an inhibitor of respiratory kinase in plants, and increases post-harvest life of green vegetables. Influence of cytokinin as 6-benzylaminopurine (BAP) in combination with other methods on postharvest green color retention on broccoli heads and asparagus spears, showed positive results for quality retention. Treatment with 10 and 15 ppm BAP can be used to extend shelf life of fresh-cut broccoli florets and shredded cabbage during storage at 6±1°C at commercial level.[1][2]

6-Benzylaminopurine was first synthesized and tested in the laboratories of plant physiologist Folke K. Skoog.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Siddiqui, M. W.; Bhattacharjya, A.; Chakraborty, I. and Dhua, R. S. 2011. 6-benzylaminopurine improves shelf life, organoleptic quality, and health-promoting compounds of fresh-cut broccoli florets. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, 70 (6): 461–465.
  2. ^ Siddiqui, M.W.; Bhattacharjya, A. and Chakraborty, I. 2011. Maintaining organoleptic quality of minimally processed cabbage using 6-benzylaminopurine. International Symposium on System Intensification towards Food and Security, Feb. 24- 27, 2011, Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal, India, p. 405.