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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2000 Oct;3(5):418-22.

The control of flowering by vernalization.

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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Plant Industry, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.


The process by which vernalization, the exposure of a germinating seed or a juvenile plant to a prolonged period of low temperature, promotes flowering in the adult plant has remained a mystery for many years. The recent isolation of one of the key genes involved in vernalization, FLOWERING LOCUS C, has now provided an insight into the molecular mechanism involved, including the role of DNA methylation.

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