Genetic and Environmental Control of Flowering in Trifolium repens in the Tropics

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Science  08 Jan 1960:
Vol. 131, Issue 3393, pp. 100-101
DOI: 10.1126/science.131.3393.100


Trifolium repens at low elevations expressed wide genetic variation in tendency to flower. Clones classified as flowering or nonflowering were subjected to temperatures associated with high elevations. Flowering in "nonflowering" clones was induced under warm-day-cool-night treatments. It is proposed that in the tropics, low temperatures associated with high elevations are an important factor in determining flowering, and therefore ability to persist, in plants which are long-day and temperature sensitive.