Editorial : Recent Advances in Flowering Time Control
The phenological development of plants can be broadly divided into 4 stages, embryo/juvenile, adult (all vegetative stages), reproductive (the generative stage), and senescent. This research topic focusses on the transition from vegetative growth to reproductive development, commonly referred to as ﬂoral transition. Plants have coordinated the seasonal timing of ﬂowering and reproduction with the prevailing environmental conditions. In agriculture, ﬂowering is a prerequisite for crop production whenever seeds or fruits are harvested. In contrast, avoidance of ﬂowering is necessary for harvesting vegetative parts of a plant such as tubers or roots. Late ﬂowering also severely hampers breeding success due to long generation times. Thus, ﬂowering time regulation is of utmost importance for genetic improvement of crops
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