This is part of the Principal Investigator Seminar Series.
The last decades have witnessed the worldwide effects of climate change with increased average global temperatures and frequencies of heat waves. In response, the yield production of temperate crops decreased. This trend is expected to continue in the upcoming years.
In flowering plants, the reproductive phase is a developmental stage sensitive to high temperatures. The response to high temperature involves transcription factors, such as phytochrome interacting factors or heat shock factors, chaperone proteins, and phytohormones production, creating a complex response with different levels of regulation. However, most available data focus on heat shock and pollen development, while information regarding long-term adaptation is scarce on ovule and embryo development.
Our research provides insight into the effects of high temperatures on seed production and opens doors for a more detailed analysis of the molecular mechanisms responsible for these effects.
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