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1. The induction of flowering by prolonged exposure to low temperatures, as during the winter in a temperate climate.
2. The exposure of seeds or plants to low temperatures in order to induce or hasten flowering.

ver′nal·ize′ v.
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I Phenological responses to vernalization, temperature and photoperiod by annual and biennial cultivars of Brassicu napus L.
For example, increased histone H3 and H4 acetylation levels are required for the induction of VERNALIZATION INSENSITIVE 3 (VIN3) during cold exposure, which is necessary for the repression of FLC and promotion of flowering in Arabidopsis (Bond et al.
Genes that control the flowering time (photoperiod (Ppd), vernalization (Vrn) and earliness per se (eps)) are critical to this wide adaptation.
Thus, seed that requires "after-ripening" or cold vernalization (a period of exposure to cool temperature) is saved by its inability to grow until next spring.
However, a few chapters examine epigenetics studies in other organisms, including the vernalization of seeds in some flowering plants, the effects of royal jelly in honeybees, and the aging of yeast.
The process is known as vernalization, whereby a plant becomes competent to flower after a period of cold.
Answering these kinds of basic questions could lead to crop improvements and will be important to grasp as climate changes alter the length of the winter season, with possible repercussions to vernalization in plants around the world.
This vernalization, or chilling preparation, mimics the climate in Holland.
The researchers, who in 2003 cloned the first wheat vernalization gene, VRN1, discovered that VRN1 and VRN2 work together to confer the winter growth habit.
Valoya offers optimized continuous wide spectra for biomass growth, flowering, compactness and various special applications like vernalization and architectural lighting.
All of what are commonly referred to as spring flowering bulbs also have a cold requirement called vernalization that, if not satisfied, prevents the bulbs from blooming.
Chief among these signals are light, temperature and vernalization, when flowering is promoted by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.