Floral responses to photoperiod are correlated with the timing of rhythmic expression relative to dawn and dusk in Arabidopsis
Roden, L., Song, H-R., Jackson, Stephen D. and Carre , I.. (2002) Floral responses to photoperiod are correlated with the timing of rhythmic expression relative to dawn and dusk in Arabidopsis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Volume 99 (Number 20). pp. 13313-13318. ISSN 0027-8424Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.192365599
Daylength, or photoperiod, is perceived as a seasonal signal for the control of flowering of many plants. The measurement of day-length is thought to be mediated through the interaction of phototransduction pathways with a circadian rhythm, so that flowering is induced (in long-day plants) or repressed (in short-day plants) when light coincides with a sensitive phase of the circadian cycle. To test this hypothesis in the facultative long-day plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, we used varying, non-24-hr light/dark cycles to alter the timing of circadian rhythms of gene expression relative to dawn and dusk. Effects on circadian rhythms were correlated with those on flowering times. We show that conditions that displaced subjective night events, such as expression of the flowering time regulator CONSTANS into the light portion of the cycle, were perceived as longer days. This work demonstrates that the perception of daylength in Arabidopsis relies on adjustments of the phase angle of circadian rhythms relative to the light/dark cycle, rather than on the measurement of the absolute duration of light and darkness.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- )|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publisher:||National Academy of Sciences|
|Official Date:||1 October 2002|
|Number of Pages:||6|
|Page Range:||pp. 13313-13318|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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