Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: R380 Twin Cities,St. Paul,Vocational-Technical Education
November 7 – City Slicker Plants: Consequences of Urbanization for Plant Diversity
Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Urban areas harbor more plant species than rural areas. However, urban plants in the Twin Cities come from fewer plant lineages than their country cousins. They have a narrower, more homogenized genetic base and are less likely to thrive under climate change and other environmental perturbations. City plants also harbor traits that favor their spread into new habitats unsupportive of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Human-caused changes in diversity and function of plants in cities relative to natural areas may impact the ability of plant communities to adapt and provide ecosystem services in a changing environment.
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