Perennial Life Style of Populus: Dormancy Cycling and Overwintering

  • Päivi L.H. Rinne
  • Annikki Welling
  • Chris van der SchootEmail author
Part of the Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models book series (PGG, volume 8)


Deciduous trees in boreal and temperate areas are strictly conditioned by the environment, especially by photoperiod and temperature. However, it is in particular the successful submission to these conditions that has rewarded them with long-life spans. A crucial strategy to ensure growth over many seasons is to timely assume dormancy and a level of hardiness that permits survival through winter. A consensus is emerging that dormancy, although traditionally regarded as a systemic feature, is a property of the shoot apical meristem (SAM). This chapter discusses our current understanding of the regulatory mechanisms that drive the annual cycles of dormancy and acclimation.


Shoot Apical Meristem Freezing Tolerance Dormancy Release Elongation Growth DELLA Protein 
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The authors thank the Norwegian Research Council (PR and CvdS; nr 171970 and nr 192013) and the Academy of Finland (AW; nr 1115280) for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Päivi L.H. Rinne
    • 1
  • Annikki Welling
    • 2
  • Chris van der Schoot
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Plant & Environmental SciencesNorwegian University of Life SciencesÅsNorway
  2. 2.Plant Biology, Department of Biological & Environmental SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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