Becca Doherty

Postgraduate Researcher Genes in the Environment

The Penfield group works to understand how temperature variation during seed production leads to changes in seeds.

FLOWERING LOCUS C and FLOWERING LOCUS T (FLC and FT, respectively) are important in regulating the process of vernalisation, where long periods of cold lead to flowering during the correct season.

This seasonal information can also be passed from mother plants to their seeds via an epigenetic memory of past temperature memory associated with FLC, impacting seed development.

Integration of temperature sensing and photoperiod sensing pathways may be vital to how plants use seasonal information to ensure they flower at the correct time of year.