Name: Pam H.
Why does fruit go bad?
Micro-organisms, fungi, insects, and natural chemical oxidation contribute to the spoilage and decay of fruits.
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Anthony Brach, Ph.D
The definition of a fruit is something that bears a seed. The seed is protected in the fruit. The fruit needs to be able to somehow release the seeds so that a new generation can be made. So fruits have enzymes and other mechanisms that cause them to rot so that the seeds can be released.
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Update: June 2012