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Plants 'remember' winter to bloom in spring with help of special molecule
Date:12/7/2010

ctivated that initiate blooming.

COLDAIR helps create a cellular memory for a plant, letting it know it has been through 30 or more days of cold.

But, how does the cold actually turn on COLDAIR?

"That is one of the next questions we have," says Sung. "How do plants literally sense the cold?"

Answering these kinds of basic questions could lead to crop improvements and will be important to grasp as climate changes alter the length of the winter season, with possible repercussions to vernalization in plants around the world.


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Contact: Dr. Sibum Sung
sbsung@mail.utexas.edu
512-232-0867
University of Texas at Austin
Source:Eurekalert

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