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See detailCircadian rhythms and the induction of flowering in the long-day grass Lolium temulentum L.
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Bernier, Georges ULg; Kinet, Jean Marie

in Plant, Cell & Environment (1994), 17(6), 755-761

Plants of Lolium temulentum L. strain Ceres were grown in 8-h short day (SD) for 45 d before being exposed either to a single long day (LD) or to a single 8-h SD given during an extended dark period. For ... [more ▼]

Plants of Lolium temulentum L. strain Ceres were grown in 8-h short day (SD) for 45 d before being exposed either to a single long day (LD) or to a single 8-h SD given during an extended dark period. For LD induction, the critical photoperiod was between 12 and 14 h, and more than 16 h were needed for a maximal flowering response. During exposure to a single 24-h LD, the translocation of the floral stimulus began between the fourteenth and the sixteenth hours after the start of the light period, and was completed by the twenty-fourth hour. Full flowering was also induced by one 8-h SD beginning 4 or 28 h after the start of a 40-h dark period, i.e. by shifting 12 h forward or beyond the usual SD. The effectiveness of a so-called 'displaced short day' (DSD) was not affected by light quality and light intensity. With a mixture of incandescent and fluorescent lights at a total photosynthetic photon flux density of 400 µmol m-2 s-1, a 4-h light exposure beginning 4 h after the start of a 40-h dark period was sufficient to induce 100 flowering. The flower-inducing effect of a single 8-h DSD was also assessed during a 64-h dark period. Results revealed two maxima at a 20-h interval. This fluctuation in light sensitivity suggests that a circadian rhythm is involved in the control of flowering of L. temulentum. [less ▲]

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See detailReproductive Development in Lolium temulentum L.: Spike Morphogenesis and Grain Set Limitations
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Bernier, Georges ULg; Kinet, Jean Marie

in Journal of Experimental Botany (1991), 42(4), 501

Reproductive development in cereals is not easy to investigate because their quantitative response to environmental factors makes it difficult to synchronize the plants. In this paper, one of our aims was ... [more ▼]

Reproductive development in cereals is not easy to investigate because their quantitative response to environmental factors makes it difficult to synchronize the plants. In this paper, one of our aims was to assess whether Lolium temulentum strain Ceres, a qualitative long-day grass, could serve as a model of reproductive development for cereals. The morphological patterns from floral transition to seed set were studied. [less ▲]

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See detailDiurnal Rhythmicity in the Pattern of Mrnas in the Leaves of Sinapis Alba
Cremer, Frédéric ULg; Dommes, Jacques ULg; Van de Walle, Claude ULg et al

in Plant Physiology (1990), 94(4), 1590-1597

Previous studies have shown that certain specific leaf mRNAs exhibit a diurnal rhythmicity in their quantity in higher plants. To determine whether this situation is restricted to a few mRNAs, or affects ... [more ▼]

Previous studies have shown that certain specific leaf mRNAs exhibit a diurnal rhythmicity in their quantity in higher plants. To determine whether this situation is restricted to a few mRNAs, or affects a large number, we have used in vitro translation and two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis to analyze the mRNA complement in leaves of Sinapis alba at different times during an 8-hour/16-hour day/night cycle. A method for the visual analysis of two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis was also developed. This method selected, at each sampling time, spots that were significant. It then selected, between two sampling times, intensity changes that were significant at the 0.02 confidence level. During a day/night cycle, complex rhythmic changes affected about 10% of the mRNAs. Nineteen different rhythm patterns were found. These 19 patterns fell into four main classes: mRNAs that increase during the light period and decrease during the dark, mRNAs that increase and then decrease during the light period, mRNAs that decrease during the light period and increase during the dark period, and mRNAs that increase and then decrease during the dark period. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effects of daylength and light intensiy on the reproductive development of Lolium temulentum
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Kinet, Jean-Marie; Bernier, Georges ULg

in Archives internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1988), 96

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