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On models and methods pertaining to plant reproduction

Sinclair, Jordan [1].

On models and methods pertaining to plant reproduction.

The fields of ecology and evolution are in the midst of a dramatic unification between theoretically and empirically based studies.  Although statistics are now incorporated into almost every field study, higher mathematics have only recently started to cross over into many biology departments.  As genetic and phylogenetic tools become more accessible and data sets become larger and more accurate, applied theory and mathematical models become tangible, and often necessary, tools for ecologists.  Conversely, mathematical models are based on data and concepts taken from empirical studies.  While this interdisciplinary field is expanding, large gaps remain.  Many field ecologists are either unaware of relevant models, or are unable to apply them, while many mathematical biologists specialize in modeling, not any specific area of biology.  Additionally, as many modeling papers end up in theoretical or mathematical journals, not often read by ecologists, the gap is reinforced.  This provides ideal circumstances for collaboration.  The field of plant reproduction is a leader in the application of mathematical biology.  Because reproduction is central to population and community dynamics it has been well studied, providing the data and empirical evidence needed for the creation of models.  Characteristics such as resource allocation, dispersal patterns, sex ratios, and inbreeding depression are all important components of plant reproduction.  Our understanding of these characteristics and of the roles they play has been significantly enhanced through the collaboration of empirical and theoretical studies.  The purpose of this symposium is to bring together empirical and modeling specialists in the area of plant mating systems to demonstrate the depth of collaborative possibilities, expose field ecologists to relevant modeling work that is currently underway, and to provide a catalyst for interdisciplinary progress in the field.

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1 - Hokkudai University, Graduate School Of Environmental Science, 5 Kita 8 Jonishi, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 001-0024, Japan, 3139488516

Plant reproduction
Game theory
cytonuclear gynodioecy
dispersal patterns
evolution of male and female phenotypes.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY09
Location: Summit/Boise Centre
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: SY09SUM
Abstract ID:17
Candidate for Awards:None

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