Myrtaceae pollen variation: Its usefulness for family systematics and more

Date & time

1pm 22 October 2009

Location

Botany & Zoology Seminar Room, Building 116 Daley Rd, ANU

Contacts

 Sharyn Wragg
 +61 2 6125 5060

Description

Andrew Thornhill (EEG) - final PhD seminar

The large plant family Myrtaceae occurs predominantly in the Southern Hemisphere. Its pollen morphology was studied using Scanning Electron Microscopy and Light Microscopy to determine the amount of morphological variation across the family. Pollen characters were scored and then mapped onto Myrtaceae phylogenies to examine phylogenetic signal. The morphological variation of Myrtaceae fossil pollen, Myrtaceidites, was also examined and compared to extant Myrtaceae taxa.

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