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New student to tackle Corymbia gene flow issues

Myralyn Abasolo recently joined Merv Shepherd's research team at Southern Cross University. My has come to Lismore from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos (UPLB) where she completed an MSc in Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Management.  Her MSc thesis examined the genetic diversity in a dipterocarp, Parashorea malaanonan (Blanco) Merr., using microsatellite markers.

My's PhD study will provide the biological data required to develop strategies for assessing and managing the risk of gene flow from Corymbia plantations into native vegetation. It will focus on understanding the reproductive attributes of plantations, barriers to cross-pollination with native species, pollinators, hybrid fitness and the levels of gene flow.  

We welcome My to the team and look forward to watching her progress in this long-anticipated study.

Biobuzz issue nine, August 2009