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Plants Unpack Winter Coats When Days Get Shorter


August 27, 2012

image of a plant on ice Mechanisms that protect plants from freezing are placed in storage during the summer and wisely unpacked when days get shorter. Michael Thomashow, University Distinguished Professor of molecular genetics, demonstrates how the CBF cold response pathway is inactive during warmer months when days are long, and how it's triggered by waning sunlight to prepare plants for freezing temperatures. Full Story

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Michigan State University

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