Presenter's Name(s)

Erin O'NeillFollow

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Alison Brody

Project Collaborators

Jeanne Harris, Taylor Ricketts, Leif Richardson

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Biology

Primary Research Category

Biological Sciences

Presentation Title

Effects of Ericoid Mycorrhizae on Floral Traits and Fruit Set in Vaccinium corymbosum

Time

3:00 PM

Location

Silver Maple Ballroom - Biological Sciences

Abstract

Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi (ErMF) can form a symbiosis with plants in the Ericales order. This relationship may affect floral traits, pollinator visitation, and plant fitness. Preliminary data support this hypothesis in highbush blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum. Here, I plan to repeat previous experiments and go one step further to examine the links between ErMF, floral traits, and yield under exposure to different pollinator communities in the Champlain Valley.

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Effects of Ericoid Mycorrhizae on Floral Traits and Fruit Set in Vaccinium corymbosum

Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi (ErMF) can form a symbiosis with plants in the Ericales order. This relationship may affect floral traits, pollinator visitation, and plant fitness. Preliminary data support this hypothesis in highbush blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum. Here, I plan to repeat previous experiments and go one step further to examine the links between ErMF, floral traits, and yield under exposure to different pollinator communities in the Champlain Valley.