Two new studies were published this week linking two microRNAs to the flowering of different perennial plants.

Perennials live for many years, and much control the time and duration of flowering in order to maintain the resources needed for multiple flowering cycles. Notably, older plants flower in response to environmental signals, whereas younger ones remain dormant despite such triggers.

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