Hybridization in Arctic Grasses: Evidence From Chloroplast and Nuclear DNA.

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Kitikmeot, Nunavut

Tags: biology, native plants, vegetation

Principal Investigator: Gillespie, L.J. (1)
Licence Number: 12735
Organization: Canadian Museum of Nature
Licensed Year(s): 1997 1995 1994
Issued: Jan 01, 1994
Project Team: Dr. A. Aiken, L. Consaul

Objective(s): To study hybridization in the Arctic grass genus Poa using molecular techniques; to define species among grasses; to understand the relationships between different species (DNA); to study their origin; and to produce guides to the identification of Arctic grasses.

Project Description: The researchers will collect living plants, 6-10 of each species from each collection site (less than 1 square Km.). In addition several plants of each species will be pressed and dried to be used to check the identification. Photographs of the plants and their habitts will be made in the field. Frozen living plants will be used for DNA extration in Ottawa. The DNA of different species will be analyzed to look at genetic simularity.