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Sweeney, LeAnn Christine [1].

A comparative study of the reproductive biology of Monarda fistulosa in urban vs. rural populations.

Fragmentation and habitat destruction, which are often characteristics of an urban landscape, can affect the diversity and presence of pollinators. In this study, we compare morphology and pollination of Monarda fistulosa in urban and rural prairie populations. Morphological measurements and the pollination systems for 2019 of these populations were compared. Pollination data from 2016 to 2021 at the rural location was examined to determine if the main pollinator remained constant. Morphology of M. fistulosa at Litzsinger Ecology Center was larger than at Shaw Nature Reserve. The main pollinator between both locations was Bombus spp., and the main pollinator over the years 2016 to 2021 was Bombus spp. The rural and urban population are not experiencing pollen limitation. Although there was no negative impact on reproductive success, morphology at both locations differed. Our results indicate that M. fistulosa is potentially a good choice as a pollinator resource in urban plantings.

1 - Maryville University of Saint Louis, Biology, 650 Maryville University Dr, Saint Louis, MO, 63141, United States

reproductive biology.

Presentation Type: Poster
Number: PEC015
Abstract ID:818
Candidate for Awards:None

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