The Role of Boundaries in Plant Diversification
Bartlett, Madelaine , Specht, Chelsea .
The Role of Boundaries in Plant Diversification.
A boundary can be defined as the limit to a subject or a sphere of activity, or a point or limit that indicates where two things become different, marking where one area ends and another begins. Boundaries, or the lack thereof, influence how plants form new species, differentiate, diversify and evolve. These boundaries can emerge as limitations to gene flow, as borders for migrations of individuals or of variation in space and time, and as delineations for organ development through regulation of gene expression and cellular growth. In this symposium, we are bringing together researchers who are each in their own right taking an interdisciplinary approach to explore the emergent properties of boundaries and their influences on the diversification of plants and their ecosystems. Looking into historic boundary formation from the cellular and developmental to the organismal and ecosystem level, we can start to understand how boundaries have influenced variability in species interactions and developmental processes that are required for the evolution and diversification of plant form and function. We will further discuss how future changes at the global scale will likely impact the formation and flux of boundaries into the future, and how these fluxes will impact the processes underlying plant diversity and diversification.
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1 - University Of Massachusetts, 611 North Pleasant Street, 108 Morrill 3, Amherst, MA, 01003, USA, 510-459-7660
2 - University Of California Berkeley, 111 Koshland Hall, MC 3102, Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA, 510-642-5601
Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
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