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Allelic Frequencies as an Indicator for Success of Genetic Rescue

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Brianna Lemond '13Follow

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Calvin Durand

Abstract

I compared population genetics of Lepidospartum burgessi, a threatened gypsum soil specialist, to the more common Lepidospartum laitisqaumum, in Dr. Evelyn William's lab at The Chicago Botanic Garden. I examined genetics of the groups using microsatellites as indicators of similarities in 'junk' DNA, I amplified the regions of interest using Polymerase Chain Reaction and analyzed allelic frequencies. Dr. Williams is still collecting data, but similarities are already being observed among the two populations. This indicates it may be possible to perform genetic rescue on L. burgessi using a Guatemalan population. I collected this data during a mini internship for Biology 384, Plant Biology.

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-9-2013 1:00 PM

End Date

4-9-2013 2:30 PM

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Field of Study for Presentation

Biology

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Apr 9th, 1:00 PM Apr 9th, 2:30 PM

Allelic Frequencies as an Indicator for Success of Genetic Rescue

Calvin Durand

I compared population genetics of Lepidospartum burgessi, a threatened gypsum soil specialist, to the more common Lepidospartum laitisqaumum, in Dr. Evelyn William's lab at The Chicago Botanic Garden. I examined genetics of the groups using microsatellites as indicators of similarities in 'junk' DNA, I amplified the regions of interest using Polymerase Chain Reaction and analyzed allelic frequencies. Dr. Williams is still collecting data, but similarities are already being observed among the two populations. This indicates it may be possible to perform genetic rescue on L. burgessi using a Guatemalan population. I collected this data during a mini internship for Biology 384, Plant Biology.