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Plants under heat stress must act surprisingly quickly to survive

20:00 EDT 20 Aug 2017 | AAAS

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) In The Plant Cell, UMass Amherst molecular biologist Elizabeth Vierling reports that heat-stressed plants not only need to produce new proteins to survive the stress, they need to make them right away. 'We found that a delay of even six hours of new protein translation will inhibit optimal growth and reproduction. The plants might not outright die, but they are severely impaired without the rapid synthesis of these new proteins.'

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