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Polymorphism - from morphology to interactions

Gowda, Vinita [1], Ashokan, Ajith [2].

Polymorphism - from morphology to interactions.

Polymorphism is known to create diversity in form while maintaining function - however, is this always true? Polymorphism is defined as variation in any form in which two or more different phenotypes may be present in the same population or species. While we know polymorphic forms in plants are common, be it in floral forms, floral color, vegetative forms, or genetic traits, we have very few studies where the form and function, especially in polymorphic traits have been linked. Pollinators have often been attributed for the maintenance of floral polymorphism, but confirming this with underlying genetic mechanisms allows us to picture the mechanism of how these polymorphic forms are maintained. This symposium is aimed at bringing together studies that have focused on understanding the different types of polymorphisms known in plants be it in floral forms (1, 2, 3), chemical signatures (4), reproductive traits (3, 5, 6), genetic forms (3,7), and in understanding how they are maintained within and among populations. Recent studies have shown that polymorphic forms may have physiological differences (3) as well as may be different in their chemical signatures (4). It is also possible to understand the role of polymorphism in propagating taxonomic confusions and how biogeographic studies may help us resolve these confusions using ecological evidence (3). With this symposium, we hope that we will learn more about how polymorphic traits can be examined via different approaches and how these can be applied in our understanding of the origin and maintenance of diversity in form and function in plants. *numbers refer to the speakers listed in the particular order below. The same topic has also been submitted for symposia.

1 - IISER Bhopal, Room 223, AB3, Dept. Of Biological Sciences,, IISER- Bhopal, Bhopal Bypass Road, Bhauri,, Bhopal, MP, 462066, India
2 - IISER Bhopal, Biological Sciences, Bhopal, Bhopal, Bhopal, MP, 462066, India

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Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Number: C2SUM001
Abstract ID:1255
Candidate for Awards:None

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