evolution

New paper showing genome downsizing critical to enabling higher mesophyll conductance

Genome size coordinates cell sizes and packing densities throughout the leaf

Towards the flower economics spectrum

Understanding how floral traits affect reproduction is key for understanding genetic diversity, speciation, and trait evolution in the face of global changes and pollinator decline. However, there has not yet been a unified framework to characterize …

Natural selection maintains species despite frequent hybridization in the desert shrub Encelia

Understanding how floral traits affect reproduction is key for understanding genetic diversity, speciation, and trait evolution in the face of global changes and pollinator decline. However, there has not yet been a unified framework to characterize …

Recent paper showing how strong natural selection can maintain species boudnaries despite hybridization

New paper shows how multiple ecological axes contribute to gradients of selection

Recent paper proposing a Flower Economics Spectrum (FES)

New paper proposes the primary dimensons of flower construction

TRY plant trait database - enhanced coverage and open access

Plant traits-the morphological, anatomical, physiological, biochemical and phenological characteristics of plants-determine how plants respond to environmental factors, affect other trophic levels, and influence ecosystem properties and their …

The scaling of genome size and cell size limits maximum rates of photosynthesis with implications for ecological strategies

A central challenge in plant ecology is to define the major axes of plant functional variation with direct con- sequences for fitness. Central to the three main components of plant fitness (growth, survival, and reproduction) is the rate of metabolic …

Flower Physiology

Defining the physiological dimensions of floral form and evolution

Energy balance implications of floral traits involved in pollinator attraction and water balance

For most angiosperms, flowers are critical to reproduction because they increase rates of outcrossing. Flowers are highly variable in numerous traits, including size, shape, and color. Most of this variation is thought to have arisen because of …

Pollination traits have physiological consequences

Accepted paper explains how flower size and color have important effects on flower energy balance.