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Does climate change require a new flowering time for rapeseed?

Climate change and an increase in temperature lead in the last 30 years to a 10 days earlier start of flowering. At the same time, we see a growing risk of late frost appearance and frost damages because of frost during flowering. Researchers from the John Innes Centre and the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS) from Aberystwyth University get more light on the molecular mechanisms that allow crops to synchronize flowering with favorable conditions. collaborative study underlines that flowering based on a dynamic of several genes. A better understanding of these dynamics allows researchers to design crops  that grow better in specific environments.