Plant reproductive strategies under environmental stress

Arathi Seshadri, Brenda Molano-Flores

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With increasing evidence for wide ranging changes in climatic conditions, evolutionary responses of plant sexual reproduction can have wide spread implications on population changes and food production. We aim to bring together researchers addressing different aspects of plant reproductive strategies and thus provide a synthesis of current research. It has become increasingly evident that global climate change is bound to have large impacts on many biological processes. Changes in phenotypic traits of different plant species strongly suggest that natural populations are responding to these altered environmental conditions. The sexual phase of plant reproduction, a particularly vulnerable developmental process, under active selection offers the unique potential to understand the role of environmental stress in the adaptive processes that modulate plant reproduction. While sexual strategies in flowering plants are diverse and a majority of plants are hermaphrodites, the extent and manifestation of reproductive functions differs based on sexuality, breeding systems and life histories. Understanding the impacts of climate change on the evolutionary potential of plant populations is the need of the hour especially given the fact that a successful food production from agricultural crops depends on successful functioning of plant reproduction. In this symposium, we aim to bring together diverse researchers to present their current research and share ideas on consequences of environmental stress on plant reproductive strategies.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBotany 2011, Botanical Society of America Annual Meeting; 9-13 July, 2011, St. Louis, Missouri
StatePublished - 2011


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