vernalize

[vur-nl-ahyz]
verb (used with object), vernalized, vernalizing.
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:
1820–30; vernal + -ize

vernalization, noun
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vernalize or vernalise (ˈvɜːnəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
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
 
vernalise or vernalise
 
vb
 
vernali'zation or vernalise
 
n
 
vernali'sation or vernalise
 
n

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At that time they were placed outdoors, where they were left through the winter so the cold would effectively vernalize them.
Clone, vernalize and intercross tall fescue parents that differ in stem rust resistance.
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