The University of Newcastle, Australia

How do seeds sense warm weather?

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Through international collaboration with partner groups of ACRCCI, Zhejinag University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Yong-Ling Ruan and colleagues have identified a mitochondrial heat shock protein that activates seed germination via thermal sensing.

The work has shed a light into the mystery as how seeds sense the warm weather to germinate in nature and provided a framework to use biotechnological means to synchronize seed germination, a key requirement to achieve high crop yield under climate change.

The work is published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA with following web link:

https://www.pnas.org/content/116/10/4716