Abstract Detail


Bridges, Kim [1], McClatchey, Will [2].

The Science of Survival: An Unexpected Example.

Many plant species found in nature have what we would call "plain" flowers. These are flowers that don't draw our attention. These flowers, to a casual glance, are all the same. In the hands of a plant breeder, however, small differences in color, size and structure are discovered and amplified. Eventually, plants of this species may show a very wide range of characteristics, most of which are attractive for social or commercial use. Such a species is then guaranteed a successful future. Or is it? What adaptive strategies can be used to preserve the efforts of the plant breeder when a species loses its popularity? This study compares historical and modern data in the context of industrialized nations. This research setting also challenges the application of our ethical standards of sharing with people who help us.

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Examples of Ranunculus diversity shown in several photo galleries.

1 - University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Botany Department, Honolulu, HI, 96822, USA
2 - Thousand Arbor Refuge, 28281 Hamm Road, Eugene, OR, 97405, USA


Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Abstract ID:69
Candidate for Awards:None