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The Secret Reproductive Life of Plants
October 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dr. Vlad Douhovnikoff, Associate Professor of Biology at Bowdoin College will present a talk on plant ecology.
Did you know that clonal reproduction is widespread and contributes in important ways to the ecology of plants? Clonal plants are everywhere. By some estimates they make up 40% to 70% of our planet’s flora. They dominate grasslands, deserts, wetlands, and tundras. They comprise some of our most important crops, some of the most invasive species, the oldest known plants, the tallest trees, and many species essential to the ecosystems they occupy.
The ecological significance of clonal spread arises from the potential benefits it confers to the plant. These benefits can result in high levels of productivity, in competitive advantage for site colonization and persistence, and in an ability to survive a wide range of disturbances.
This program is free and open to all. No registration is needed.