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Laura Badtke ’07 spoke at the Botany 2007 meetings held in Chicago this past July. Laura presented preliminary work done in Jason Koontz’s lab on the rare Oconee Bell (photo below), a plant restricted to five counties in North and South Carolina. Even though this plant is rare, it grows as a solid carpet, often covering up to 100 meters, near streams in themountains. Laura’s project involved the use of Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) genetic markers to determine how many genetic individuals make up a “population.” They found that none of their samples were genetically identical, so they can document the levels and patterns of genetic variation within a large carpet of plants. Laura received several positive comments after her talk and one person complimented her that she did this as an undergraduate student.


The abstract of Laura’s talk can be viewed here:




The Powerpoint presentation of Laura’s talk is also posted outside the botany lab, 323 Science.  The Augustana Research Foundation funded Laura’s participation at the Botany 2007 meetings and she received a Hill-Erickson award to cover some of the costs associated with the AFLP analysis.








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