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Dormancy in Plants

  1. Henk WM Hilhorst1,
  2. Maarten Koornneef2

Published Online: 15 JAN 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0002045



How to Cite

Hilhorst, H. W. and Koornneef, M. 2007. Dormancy in Plants. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Wageningen University, Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Wageningen University, Laboratory of Genetics, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2007

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Dormancy is a strategy of higher plants to survive adverse conditions. Seed dormancy is controlled by a hormone balance of gibberellins and abscisic acid. Physiological and genetic analysis is revealing the interplay between both hormone signalling pathways.


  • seed dormancy;
  • abscisic acid;
  • gibberellins;
  • mutant