Ambient temperature signaling in plants: An emerging field in the regulation of flowering time

Hwan Lee Jeong, Seob Lee Jong, Ji Hoon Ahn

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Plants show remarkable developmental plasticity to survive in a continually changing environment. One example is their capability to adjust flowering time in response to environmental changes. Ambient growth temperature, which is strongly affected by global temperature changes, has a profound effect on flowering time. However, those effects have been largely ignored in research. Recent molecular genetic studies of Arabidopsis as a model system have implicated several genes, and have identified a molecular mechanism underlying the responses of plants to changes in ambient temperature. Here, we describe recent discoveries related to ambient temperature signaling and the control of flowering time in Arabidopsis. We also discuss current perspectives on how plants sense and respond to such changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-326
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Plant Biology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 30



  • Ambient temperature
  • Flowering time
  • Photoreceptor
  • Temperature compensation
  • Thermosensor
  • Thermosensory pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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