Nectar Research Leads to Breakthrough
UMD's Clay Carter, associate professor in the Department of Biology, along with his graduate and undergraduate students, are studying the genes of nectar yielding plants to find out how nectar is produced. Carter's project is in collaboration with Wolf Frommer, director of Carnegie's Plant Biology Department, and Ian Baldwin lab at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany.
Their research has been published in Nature and suggests that plant components that make nectar were developed early in flowering plant evolution. These components serve an important role in laying the foundation for the genetic diversity of flowering plants. Namely, robust nectar producton prevents many plants from floundering in a stagnant gene pool. Read More