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- Burst of Morning Gene Activity Tells Plants When to Flower
- “This work showed us that plants are integrating many different signals together when making the critical decision of when to flower,” Dr. Nusinow said.
- that the gene FT — the primary driver of the transition to flowering in plants each spring — does, saw only an evening peak of FT gene activity, had been conducted on Arabidopsis plants grown indoors, that the outdoor plants flowered earlier. Both outdoor and indoor plants showed evening peaks of FT gene activity, expression of the FT gene and the trait it governs. When active, the FT gene produces a protein, outside light, the Arabidopsis plants then showed a morning peak of FT gene activity. In addition