Characterization of and genetic variation for tomato seed thermo-inhibition and thermo-dormancy

N. Geshnizjani, Farshid Ghaderifar, L.A.J. Willems, H.W.M. Hilhorst, W. Ligterink*

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Exposing imbibed seeds to high temperatures may lead to either thermo-inhibition of germination or thermo-dormancy responses. In thermo-inhibition, seed germination is inhibited but quickly resumed when temperatures are lowered. Upon prolonged exposure to elevated temperatures, thermo-dormancy may be induced and seeds are not able to germinate even at optimal temperatures. In order to explore underlying physiological and molecular aspects of thermo-induced secondary dormancy, we have investigated the physiological responses of tomato seeds to elevated temperatures and the molecular mechanisms that could explain the performance of tomato seeds at elevated temperature
Original languageEnglish
Article number229
JournalBMC Plant Biology
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2018

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