Daily Archives: 8th of June 2011

Functional significance of style length in Mertensia

Functional significance of style length in <i>Mertensia</i>

Functional significance of style length in <i>Mertensia</i>

Mertensia fusiformis (Boraginaceae) is a spring-flowering perennial showing pronounced intraspecific variation in style length and stigma–anther separation. Forrest et al. show that population-level variation in flowering time, driven by patchiness in timing of snowmelt, causes different populations to experience different temperature regimes during flowering and functionally distinct suites of pollinators. The interaction between plant and pollinator phenology in particular appears to be involved in maintaining style-length variation in this species.

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Botany: A Blooming History

BBCiPlayerLast night at 9pm hell froze over – the BBC broadcast a programme about plant taxonomy on a mainstream TV network.

Did you see it? I thought not, it was tucked away on BBC4. It was excellent and well worth watching – available for UK viewers on the BBC iPlayer. This is the way we have to go if we’re going to reverse this sort of thing.

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