Background: Poa bulbosa, a Eurasian grass species now
widespread in western North America, is always described as a perennial
but there is no information on how long it lives, or whether its is truly
a perennial. Most plants produce bulblets instead of flowers. These bulblets
fall to the ground, root, and grow. Some plants produce flowers. In many
species, the switch from asexual to sexual reproduction is influenced
by environmental conditions. It is not known whether the switch from bulblet
(asexual) to floral (sexual) reproduction in Poa bulbosa is under
- Is Poa bulbosa a true perennial or does it merely overwinter?
- Do environmental conditions affect the mode of reproduction (asexual
or sexual) in Poa bulbosa?
There are many other questions that could be asked. These two can be
ad-dressed with simple, inexpensive research designs.
|Interested? If you have completed Biology 1210,
1230 and Math 1030 or 1050 with a grade of C+ or better and will be
at USU for the next two years, contact Dr. Mary Barkworth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This project will not require a heavy weekly time commitment, but
the first question will require observations over at least two years.
The results would be publishable.