Journal article

Temporal Control of Plant–Environment Interactions by the Circadian Clock

Michael J Haydon, Xiang Li, Michael KY Ting

Annual Plant Reviews Online | John Wiley & Sons | Published : 2019


The rotation of the earth generates dramatic daily and seasonal variation in the terrestrial environment. Plants, like other organisms, have evolved an endogenous biological oscillator to predict these daily changes in light and temperature and adjust to shifting seasonal conditions. This system must be robust to unexpected environmental challenges but can also assist plants to adjust physiology accordingly. Key features of the circadian system that contribute to achieve these are the process of entrainment, by which external cues adjust the state of the oscillator, and gating, by which the sensitivity to a stimulus is modified according to the time of day. In this way, the circadian clock i..

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