2019 - 22nd Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Comparing Milkweed Sources for use in Monarch Conservation in Cities

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Danielle Oilschlager, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Department or Major

Biology

Location

Lillard Lobby

Abstract

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) grows in both urban and rural areas. These environments may select for different traits. Given the decline of monarch butterflies (Danausplexippus), the appropriate sourcing of milkweed for habitat creation is of great importance. I hypothesize that the highest number of viable seeds will be observed in populations from the seed source consistent with its environment. Urban-sourced seeds, therefore, will outperform rurally sourced seeds when both are planted in urban garden spaces.

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-9-2019 1:00 PM

End Date

4-9-2019 2:15 PM

Panel

Poster Session

Field of Study for Presentation

Biology

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Apr 9th, 1:00 PM Apr 9th, 2:15 PM

Comparing Milkweed Sources for use in Monarch Conservation in Cities

Lillard Lobby

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) grows in both urban and rural areas. These environments may select for different traits. Given the decline of monarch butterflies (Danausplexippus), the appropriate sourcing of milkweed for habitat creation is of great importance. I hypothesize that the highest number of viable seeds will be observed in populations from the seed source consistent with its environment. Urban-sourced seeds, therefore, will outperform rurally sourced seeds when both are planted in urban garden spaces.