The effect of soil moisture on hybridization rates and hybrid demography

Project Description

The study plans to explore how climate change may affect hybridization rates, how it may affect the evolution of invasive species and how it may ultimately affect plant yield (seed production).

Additional Scientific Information

We will use a series of independently evolving populations and impose watering treatments on these populations. These populations will evolve for three generations and then we will measure the rate of evolution over that time. In the mean time, we will measure demographic rates of these populations, gene frequencies (of flower colour alleles), and total population sizes. This year we will also measure seed dormancy rates, and the effect of the water temperature on plant, photosynthetic rates, growth and plant yield

Principal Investigator: Lesley Campbell
Researcher(s): Zachary Teitel

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