Abstract Detail

Symbioses: Plant, Animal, and Microbe Interactions

Caceres, Steven [1], Spurgeon, Alexandra [2], Krakos, Kyra [3], Spurgeon, Alexandra [2].

Comparative Shifts in the Reproductive Biology of Tradescantia ohiensis. .

Global climate change can have an impact on the reproductive biology of temperate plants. The loss of functional mutualisms because of shifts in climate may threaten partner species (Miller-Struttmann 2015). In this study, we examine how milder winters and heavier summers affect the relationships between plants and their pollinators, and therefore the reproductive success of the plant itself - in this case, Tradescantia ohiensisPollinator observations combined with pollen load data allows us to identify the current main pollinators for the species and compare its effectiveness with that of the main pollinators in a non-drought year. We found that the early spring of 2017 influenced the morphology and the pollinators of T. ohiensishowever these changes did not cause the species to experience any pollen limitation. Further investigation into the long-term effects of this trend is required.

1 - Maryville University, Biology, 650 Maryville University Dr., St. Louis, Missouri, 63141, United States
2 - Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Dr., St. Louis, Missouri, 63141, United States
3 - Maryville University, Biology, 650 Maryville University, St Louis, MO, 63141, United States

T. Ohiensis.

Presentation Type: Poster
Number: PSM001
Abstract ID:138
Candidate for Awards:None

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