Fwd: PBS website contact:Current distribution of Watsonia meriana var. bulbillifera

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:17:12 PDT
I'm not sure I understood the thesis. This plant is taking over coastal 
Sonoma and Mendocino counties, California. But if you look at our photos 
on the wiki, there are areas of South Africa that is it problematic too. 
Photo take at Lion's Head.


Mary Sue

> I am a postgraduate student at La Trobe University, Victoria, 
> Australia, and my research project involves the modelling of species 
> distribution of Watsonia meriana var. meriana, and its variety, W. 
> meriana var. bulbillifera. One of my research goals is to show that W. 
> meriana var. bulbillifera is likely to undergo ecological niche 
> conservation, following its introduction to Australia, compared to its 
> sexually-reproducing congener. This is based on my hypothesis that the 
> asexually reproducing bulbil form would not have generated sufficient 
> genetic diversity to spread into novel environments.

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