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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2005 Oct;8(5):483-6.

Ambient temperature perception in plants.

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  • 1The Robert H Smith Institute for Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, P.O. Box 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel.


Since plants are sessile they must be able to sense and rapidly respond to changes in ambient temperature. Key aspects of plant development, including the transition to flowering and the circadian clock, have important inputs from ambient temperature. In the model system Arabidopsis thaliana, molecular candidates for mediating these roles have recently been uncovered, which will be critical for obtaining an understanding of the mechanisms involved.

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