The Resurrection Approach

We live in an era of rapid change, yet little is known about the evolutionary responses of wild plants to environmental perturbations. The resurrection approach is a powerful way to observe evolution in action in the wild and provide insight into how plant populations evolve in response to stressors such as climate change and invasive species.

In the Resurrection Approach, dormant ancestors are reared in a common garden with contemporary descendants. The Project Baseline collections are designed to maintain the genetic structure of populations to facilitate researchers utilizing the resurrection approach. Seeds are collected and stored separately by maternal plant from up to 200 individuals per population. After collection, seeds were cleaned and at the NLGRP

For more information about conducting resurrection ecology experiments, start here.