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The florigen mystery

E.G. Groenewald, A.J. Van Der Westhuizen
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 25, No 4 | a173 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v25i4.173 | © 2006 E.G. Groenewald, A.J. Van Der Westhuizen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 September 2006 | Published: 22 September 2006

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E.G. Groenewald, Departement Plantwetenskappe (Plantkunde), Universiteit van die Vrystaat, Bloemfontein, South Africa
A.J. Van Der Westhuizen, Departement Plantwetenskappe (Plantkunde), Universiteit van die Vrystaat, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Abstract

In order to obtain flowering, different applications of chemicals on plants were tested by several researchers. Substances that were tested were, amongst others, auxin, gibberellin, cytokinin, abscisic acid, prostaglandin; melatonin. All had an effect on flowering. With the aid of molecular-genetic research it was established that the product of certain genes, namely CONSTANS (CO) and FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) could be the flowering stimulus. It could be a peptide or mRNA.

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