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Mercer Laboratory

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Past Projects

  1. Effects of moisture variation on weeds and monoecious crops

    Climate change is already altering the phenology and productivity of many plant and animal species.  Depending on each species' capacity for plasticity, as well as its ability to evolve or migrate, some will be more susceptible than others altered biotic and abiotic conditions.  Crop species may vary in their responses to climate change depending, in part, on their pollination systems.  We investigate how productivity of monoecious crops (those with separate male and female flowers on the same plant, e.g., squash) may be affected by altered phenology and reproductive synchrony induced by va