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PHR242/ECL242 Ecological Genetics Discussion: How to plan and start a project Feb 22, 2010 Situations for Discussion of “Starting Ecological Genetics Project” Situation: The Venus Flytrap , Dionaea Muscipula, is perhaps the world's most unique and well-known carnivorous plant. With a native range only in coastal North and South Carolina, it has been legally and illegally collected extensively for decades. The species has been decimated by decades of massive collecting, as well as lack of fire and drainage of its habitats. Most of the populations monitored have gone extinct within the past 20 years*. You are contacted by the Botanical Society of America to determine the amount of genetic variation that is stored in the under-soil seed bank of Venus Flytraps . You want to know: What extent does the soil seed bank differ genetically and spatially in comparison to three consecutive life history stages (seedlings, mature plants, and fruiting plants)? Each flower produces very tiny seeds. They are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2010 for the course ECL 242 taught by Professor Holly during the Winter '10 term at UC Davis.

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