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Plant hormone has dual role in triggering flower formation, Penn study finds

May 8, 2014

Arabidopsis thaliana A new paper by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, published in the journal Science, has revealed that a plant hormone once believed to promote flower formation in annual plants, also plays a role in inhibiting flowers from forming. The dual role of this hormone, gibberellin, could be exploited to produce higher-yielding crop plants. Full Story

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