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Project status update: Pollen longevity

Description: During the summer of 2014, Will Reed designed and executed an experiment to measure the efficacy of various pollen storage methods including storing pollen at room temperature, in refrigeration, and freeze-drying pollen. Between July 14 and August 8, he collected pollen from 15 different plants and performed a total of 186 hand pollinations on 50 plants. These results will improve pollen storage practices and expand the capability to cross plants that flower asynchronously or potentially in different years.

Start year: 2014

Location: P1

Products: A dataset and detailed methods are located in Will Reed’s Dropbox folder. Dataset needs to be made readyR.

We harvested the heads Will used as pollen recipients. He could remove the achenes to see if his crosses produced viable seeds.

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