Woo! Our 1800-plant sunflower genome-wide association mapping project is underway! Germination rate is high, and we’re looking forward to mapping variation in growth rate, photosynthesis, hyperspectral reflectance, leaf and floral secondary metabolism, and other functional traits to the sunflower genome! PhD student Jordan Dowell is live-tweeting the experiment at https://twitter.com/Dowell_VOC
Read a new review to which I contributed just out in the journal Population Ecology: “The evolutionary impacts of conservation actions” – full PDF here.
Read our new paper, just out in the journal Plant Ecology: “Evolution of nutrient resorption across the herbaceous genus Helianthus” – full PDF here.
Read our new paper, just out in the International Journal of Plant Sciences: “How old are sunflowers? A molecular clock analysis of key divergences in the origin and diversification of Helianthus (Asteraceae)” – full PDF here.
Read our new paper, just out in the journal Plant Ecology and Evolution – “Beyond pollinators: evolution of floral architecture with environment across the wild sunflowers (Helianthus, Asteraceae) – full PDF here.
Read our new paper, just out in the journal Annals of Botany: Importance of whole-plant biomass allocation and reproductive timing to habitat differentiation across the North American sunflowers – full PDF here.
Read a new paper to which I contributed, just out in the journal Ecology and Evolution: Fine root tradeoffs between nitrogen concentration and xylem vessel traits preclude unified whole-plant resource strategies in Helianthus – full PDF here.
Read our new response paper, just out in Frontiers in Plant Science, clarifying several misconceptions related to plant hyperaccumulation research – full PDF here.