Improving seed germination in plants
Seed germination is an essential part of plant life, paramount for survival and yield. During maturation, seeds accumulate translationally inert mRNA, which gets activated upon water uptake and triggers seed germination. The scope of the EU-funded TransEpiSeed project is to investigate the mechanisms that govern the storage of these mRNAs in dry seeds, aiming to provide important insight into seed germination. Scientists will focus on internal mRNA modifications as signals for the recruitment of proteins that will trigger translation. Understanding the regulatory control of seed germination will help improve the process with obvious advantages for modernised precision agriculture.