Did you know the skin disease known as Ringworm is not caused by a worm, but by a microscopic fungus?
Did you know that the term “Biological Resources” refers to the genetic diversity found throughout the living components of ecosystems that have direct or indirect value to humanity.
Did you know there are microorganisms that live over a mile beneath the Earth’s surface?
Interspecific hybridization refers to the crossing of different species, and sometimes occurs naturally in the wild. Individuals in hybrid zones show extraordinary phenotypic variation which allows biologists to evaluate the functional significance of trait differences between species and determine their genetic basis. BHSU students are investigating the variation in floral traits across a hybrid zone between two thistle species (Prairie Thistle, Cirsium canescens and Wavy Leaf Thistle, Cirsium undulatum). (Poster) Reproductive Biology and Trait Segregation in a Thistle Hybrid Zone Cathryn Hester, Tyler Bortz, Dr. Tara Ramsey and Dr. Justin Ramsey