The Role of DNA Methylation in Trees’ Climate Response: A New Frontier in Epigenetics

by Manisha Kashyap, PhD

The ever-pressing challenge of climate change has led scientists to explore various mechanisms that plants, particularly trees, use to adapt to changing environments. Recent research highlights the potential role of DNA methylation, an epigenetic process, in shaping the climate response of trees. This groundbreaking study by Lily D. Peck and Victoria L. Sork, published June 8, 2024 in Trends in Plant Science, delves into the enigmatic role of DNA methylation in trees and its implications for conservation and forest management. The open-access article is titled “Can DNA Methylation Shape Climate Response in Trees?”

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