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Spring has sprung! Kind of? Idk, It’s snowing on the flowers in Colorado right n…

Spring has sprung! Kind of? Idk, It’s snowing on the flowers in Colorado right now. 🧐 But how do flowers know when to bloom in the first place? 🌹



Turns out that there is a gene called Apetala1 that triggers the reproductive development of a plant. All it takes is this one gene to make a plant start producing flowers!!The way it works is that Apetala1 generates proteins that switch on the > 1000 genes involved in the flowering process. There are some signals to halt leaf production, and some signals that alert meristems (where stuff grows) to make flowers.🌱



But how does Apetala1 activate? Plants blossom at different times because the weather, the temperature and the amount of sunlight the plant receives influence a plant’s reproductive development. Information about these conditions is relayed to Apetala1, which activates when it senses that everything is right to commence flowering.🦋



Knowing this reminds me to trust in my own timing, and my own set of conditions for flowering. PhDs take many years, and it can feel like the world is flowering while my Apetala1 is on standby. But I’m learning to trust that when my career does flower, it will be like these beautiful purple flowers growing in my backyard; unexpectedly wonderful and on point.🌸



Shoutout to everyone feeling like they’re behind; you’re not behind you’re just on your own path waiting for the right conditions to flower. 🌹

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