Stress memories using epigenetics are helping plants adapt to climate change.
This study finds that DNA methylation and 5-methylcytosine play key roles in determining the ageing and viability of stored recalcitrant seeds.
Apple epigenetics might explain CO2 injury, which can cause major losses of fruit during storage.
Genetically modified plants are usually produced using tissue culture, but techniques used to modify a plant genome also affect its epigenome.
The three Genetics Societies in Italy – AGI, SIBV and SIGA – held a strong joint conference in Assisi in September. With 500 people and 300 posters, the major sessions were on topical issues such as epigenetics and epigenomics, then genome plasticity, moving on to systems biology. , Approaches included whole genome sequencing, annotation and functional analysis, and focussed on many crops and some animal genetics