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The Plant Evolutionary Ecology Lab in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at the Ohio State University is directed by Dr. Kristin Mercer. In general, we study plant evolutionary ecology within agricultural systems. Of primary focus is the way that dynamics of ecological processes and evolutionary forces influence important issues in agricultural sustainability, such as conservation of crop genetic resources in centers of origin and biosafety of genetically modified crops.

Please check out the website for more information on specific projects, the resulting publications, and the people that make it happen.

News

  1. Congratulations Jack!

    Aug 28, 2020

    Congratulations to Jack McCoy for passing his doctoral candidacy exams in August, 2020!  Well done, Jack!

  2. Experimental Design Video Featuring the Mercer Lab

    May 26, 2020

    PhD Student, Jack McCoy, participated in a video for HCS faculty Dr. Barker's class on Introduction to Experiemtal Design.

    Check out our germination study experimental design

  3. Congratulations Noah!

    Feb 11, 2020

    Noah Kayafas, an undergraduate majoring in Sustainable Plant Systems with a specialization in Plant Bioscience, received one of 15 awards from the Center for Applied Plant Science for summer research in 2020. The iCAPS (internships in CAPS) funding will provide funding for Noah to continue conducting his research on studying Mexican landraces of maize and analyzing their aerial roots for the production of mucilage. He is interested in seeing how these Mexican landraces may use the mucilage to host nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Congratulations Noah!