In the first of a two part episode entitled Dead of Winter, Alive With Life: Wheat Plants in the Cold, ARS scientist Kim Campbell and WSU scientist Karen Sanguinet describe what’s happening in the wheat plant during the coldest time of the year. Words like hibernation and dormancy aren’t accurate when it comes to wheat plants in the winter which are alive with unseen activity. Campbell, a plant geneticist and club wheat breeder and Sanguinet, a plant physiologist, explain how wheat plants survive the winter, what it means for plants to harden off, how roots are impacted by the cold and the important cues that come from temperature and day length.

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