The art of multitasking: flowering time genes and their relation with seed dormancy
Have you ever wondered how important is to adapt to a new job, a new country, a new environment? Not only for humans but also for plants adaptation is the key to success.
The life cycle of annual plants can be divided in different phases that include vegetative growth, reproductive adult phase, seed set and senescence. Since plants are organisms that cannot migrate when the external conditions are not favourable, the transition between the different life phases needs to be strictly controlled. From all the external variables, temperature is one of the strongest signals that plants sense and adapt to.
In my project we aim to study two temperature-regulated traits, flowering time and seed dormancy, that have been separately researched for several years but that have been recently proposed to be interconnected. Both traits are fundamental for the reproductive success and survival of any plant specie. Therefore, knowledge of plant plasticity and adaptation to temperature fluctuations is vital for a sustainable global food security.
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