2023 Update: Gene flow in remnants

In summers 2018 and 2019, Amy mapped and collected leaf tissue from all individuals in the study areas and harvested heads from a subset of Echinacea individuals at populations in the NW corner of the Echinacea Project study area (populations: ALF, EELR, KJ, NWLF, GC, SGC, NGC, KJ, NNWLF) to map pollen movement (see Reproductive Fitness in Remnants). Amy analyzed patterns of gene flow, by assessing how individuals’ location and timing of flowering influence their reproductive success and distance of pollen movement. The now four-year-old seedlings are planted in p10.

There was no fieldwork conducted this summer but, in exciting news, Amy used the seed set data from the gene flow in remnants experiment in her dissertation chapter, “Variation in reproductive fitness among individual plants depends on the spatial proximity of prospective mates and the timing of their reproduction”. Amy defended her dissertation in May, and this chapter is currently in preparation for publication!

Amy visited the station a few times this summer! Cupcakes in the field to celebrate a successful dissertation defense!
  • Start year: 2018
  • Location: Roadsides, railroad rights of way, and nature preserves in and around Solem Township, MN
  • Overlaps with:  Reproductive Fitness in RemnantsPhenology in the Remnants
  • Data collected: exPt10 measure data is in the cgdata repo (no new 2023 data.)
  • Samples or specimens collected: NA for 2023!
  • Products: Amy’s dissertation, which she defended in may!

You can read more about the gene flow in the remnants experiment, as well as links to prior flog entries about this experiment, on this page


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