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vernalize

[vur-nl-ahyz] /ˈvɜr nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), vernalized, vernalizing.
1.
to shorten the growth period of (a plant) by chilling or other special treatment of it, its seeds, or its bulbs.
Also, especially British, vernalise.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; vernal + -ize
Related forms
vernalization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vernalization

vernalize

/ˈvɜːnəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to subject ungerminated or germinating seeds to low temperatures, which is essential for many (plants) of temperate environments to ensure germination in some species and flowering in others
Derived Forms
vernalization, vernalisation, noun
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vernalization in Science
vernalization
  (vûr'nə-lĭ-zā'shən)   
The subjection of seeds or seedlings to low temperature in order to hasten plant development and flowering. Vernalization is commonly used for crop plants such as winter rye and is possible because the seeds and buds of many plants require cold in order to break dormancy.
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Encyclopedia Article for vernalization

the artificial exposure of plants (or seeds) to low temperatures in order to stimulate flowering or to enhance seed production. By satisfying the cold requirement of many temperate-zone plants, flowering can be induced to occur earlier than normal or in warm climates lacking the requisite seasonal chilling. Knowledge of this process has been used to eliminate the normal two-year growth cycle required of winter wheat. By partially germinating the seed and then chilling it to 0 C (32 F) until spring, it is possible to cause winter wheat to produce a crop in the same year.

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