Utilizing Malo Curves as a Measure of Synchrony

Synchrony between plants is important as higher synchrony with other plants leads to more potential pollen sources and a greater likelihood of  a seed being pollinated and becoming viable. At this point, synchrony is measured by counting the number of nearby flowering echinacea plants, but my malo curve data allows us to measure synchrony using the number of florets open on a given day for the entire population and comparing it to the number of florets for a given plant. As shown by the graph below, measuring synchrony by counting the number of flowering plants can overestimate synchrony later in the season when flowering plants have less open florets. Time to explore these graphs for different populations and look at the potential impacts.



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