How Do Flowers Know When It’s Time to Bloom?

Nature has its own timeline.

Researchers have uncovered exactly where a key protein forms before it triggers the flowering process in plants.

Until now, no one has pinpointed which cells produce the small protein, called Flowering Locus T (FT).

The study also points to an extensive intercellular signaling system that regulates FT production.

“Understanding where FT is located and how it coordinates with other flowering factors is important to breeders; it’s useful for breeders for the fine manipulation of flowering times,” says Qingguo Chen, the paper’s first author and a research associate in the lab of Robert Turgeon, the paper’s senior author and professor of plant biology at Cornell University…[READ MORE]

Source: Here’s How Flowers Know When It’s Time to Bloom

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