Biotechnology | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Plant Sciences
Gene flow is the movement of genes from one plant population to another. Gene flow is a natural process and a part of plant evolution. There are two ways for gene flow to occur in plants. The first is through sexual reproduction – pollen lands on a flower and a viable seed develops. The second method is through dispersal of seeds and/or vegetative plant parts (e.g. stolons, rhizomes). Gene flow can produce hybrid offspring with an increased or decreased ability to survive in the landscape. If hybrid offspring have some advantage in the environment, they could become invasive. This poster shows two examples of gene flow in plants and the potential for environmental damage.
Auer, Carol and Ahrens, Collin, "When hybrids go wrong. How hybridization can create invasive species." (2006). Plant Science Presentations and Proceedings. Paper 5.