NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genetic and epigenetic factors may be behind why some wheat strains begin to sprout prematurely under high humidity and rainfall conditions, researchers from McGill University reported in PLOS One yesterday. One gene in particular — AGO802B — appears to play a role in premature sprouting by modulating DNA methylation.

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