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Genes regulating seed germination identified [Registered]

Researchers at the University of York have uncovered new insights into the way seeds use gene networks to control when they germinate in response to environmental signals. Timing of seed germination is crucial for survival of plants in the wild and is also important for commercial seed production where there is a need to ensure uniform growth. A cold environment can signal an imminent winter so the mother plant produces dormant seeds that will not grow until the following spring. A warmer environment can signal an early summer with the mother plant producing seeds that grow immediately allowing another generation…

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