Definition of vernalization in English:

Share this entry

vernalization

Pronunciation: /vəːn(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
(also vernalisation)

noun

[mass noun]
The cooling of seed during germination in order to accelerate flowering when it is planted.
Example sentences
  • This experiment was repeated in part during 2000-2001: 15 plants received zero hours of vernalization and 15 full vernalization.
  • Chilling prevents flower initiation in Fragaria, rather than accelerating it as vernalization does in winter annuals.
  • Indeed, with the montane population, even 10 weeks vernalization of seeds did not result in 100% flowering.

Derivatives

vernalize

Pronunciation: /ˈvəːn(ə)lʌɪz/
(also vernalise) verb
Example sentences
  • Growers should be able to tell if the wheat has vernalized by May 21.
  • Most plants bought in spring have been vernalized (gone through a winter dormancy) and will establish easily.
  • Plants from winter-type cultivars were first vernalized and then kept in the greenhouse.

Origin

1930s: translation of Russian yarovizatsiya.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ver¦nal|iza¦tion

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.