Arabidopsis has long served as a model for basic plant biology questions. We want to use our deep understanding of Arabidopsis biology and genetics to better understand how plants function in their environment and in response to natural conditions. We compare the great natural variation in phenological traits (dormancy, flowering time) across Arabidopsis’ range to dates of collection of herbarium samples to make sense of the factors controlling life history variation in the wild.
Does genetic variation explain phenology patterns in natural populations?
A talk given at Evolution 2019 about natural variation in Arabidopsis phenology.