March 29 2016

11:00 158 Hershey Hall

Stacey Smith
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

The origin of red flowers: genetic mechanisms, ecological drivers and macroevolutionary patterns


Angiosperms display an incredible diversity of flower colors, although relatively little is known about macroevolutionary trends in flower color and the genetic basis for different classes of color transitions. My talk will focus on the distribution of red flowers and the genetic basis for the origin of this trait. Studies in a handful of taxa, including my own in Iochroma, suggest that the convergent evolution of red flowers involve a similar suite of genetic changes, including loss of expression, changes in enzymatic function, and loss of function mutations. I will discuss the implications of these genetic changes for the macroevolution of flower color and the ecological factors that drive these color transitions.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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