VRN1 Modulates Root System Architecture in Wheat and Barley

19 Oct 2017

Plant breeders have made significant progress selecting for above-ground traits, yet the ‘hidden half’, roots, have largely been ignored. Breakthrough research from the Hickey lab reveals the direct involvement of VERNALIZATIONin shaping root systems and opens the door for manipulation. We discovered that flowering time gene VRN1 also influences the direction of root growth in wheat & barley! Read more...