Definitions

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  • n. Subjection of seeds or seedlings to low temperature in order to hasten plant development and flowering.

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  • n. The treatment of seeds or bulbs by exposure to low temperatures so as to decrease the vegetative period or to cause the plant to flower or bear fruit more quickly.

Etymologies

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From vernal, from Latin vernalis ("of the spring"), from Latin vernus ("vernal"), from Latin vēr ("pring").

Examples

  • Through a process he called "vernalization," Lysenko reported growing peas in winter on the frozen steppe of Azerbaijan, causing

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  • In 1928 he claimed to have invented a procedure called vernalization, by which seeds were moistened and chilled to enhance the later growth of crops.

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  • The ability of plants to switch from vegetative to reproductive phase after a long period of cold, a process known as vernalization

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  • One of Crichton's examples is Trofim Lysenko, a Russian peasant who espoused a theory of "vernalization" in which fields could be fertilized without fertilizers and minerals.

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  • "vernalization" in which fields could be fertilized without fertilizers and minerals.

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  • Although vernalization per se is not mentioned in the list of phenological cues, various reproductive behaviors and climatic triggers are included.

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  • •A requirement to experience a cold-induced dormancy prior to reproduction vernalization that I discussed here and here would be covered under the category Phenology.

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  • So, hereby I declare vernalization to be a process common to both plants and animals.

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  • For more technical information on vernalization, you may want to read, not the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but these free papers by Richard M. Amasino, an authority on the subject:

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  • Memories of winter: vernalization and the competence to flower.

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  • Word appeared in Emerald Coast Growers plant catalog.

    March 4, 2015

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    January 15, 2009