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Evolutionary biology research on plant shows significance of maternal effects
Date:11/15/2007

was led to this line of inquiry by chance. She was surprised to observe a number of years ago that plants that had experienced drought had smaller seeds than those that had not. This highly visible physiological change within only one generation intrigued her.

Historically maternal effects have been viewed as a complicating factor an inconvenience, explains Galloway. But we have found that they can dramatically influence the performance of an individual.


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Contact: Laura Galloway
lgalloway@virginia.edu
434-982-5010
University of Virginia
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