Photo by Richard and Teresa Ware, from the website Name That Plant

GNPS has just awarded a Jeane Reeves Research Grant to Nick Batora, a graduate student working on his PhD in the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia.  Nick is investigating the extent of ecotypic variation in chemical defenses across the range of Maypop using populations from Florida, Georgia, and Virginia.  Herbivory differs across the range of Maypop, with primarily specialist caterpillars (e.g. Gulf Fritillary) concentrated in the southern region of the range and generalist herbivores in the northern region.  This work is important for understanding how herbivores in different regions result in the evolution of a greater diversity and abundance of plant chemicals.   Interactions between plants and insects are receiving much needed attention in research, and GNPS is pleased to support these efforts.

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