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The 'off' button that lets plants make flowers
February 25, 2019
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A longstanding question in plant biology is how plants "decide" when to flower. New NSF-funded research at the University of Pennsylvania indicates how one developmental pathway is stifled so flowers can form. This process is akin to how animals repress certain developmental pathways governing stem cell activity to develop organs. It represents the first time this same phenomenon has been demonstrated in plants. Full Story
University of Pennsylvania
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