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Using Biotechnology to Conserve and Restore an Ecologically-Important Threatened Shrub in Western North Carolina (Kristin Emery)

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Award date: 
Feb 12, 2013
Award amount: 
$5,000
Organization name: 
UNC - Asheville
Principal Investigator: 
Ward, Jennifer Rhode
Grant program category: 
Research and Equipment Support
Grant program name: 
Undergraduate Biotechnology Research Fellowship
Region: 
Western

Neutral genetic markers are key biotechnology tools for conservation biology, used to measure variation within and among populations. Undergraduate Kristin Emery will utilize microsatellite loci to identify low- and high-diversity demes of an endangered North Carolina shrub. Data will be used to reformulate this species' conservation and restoration plans.

Fiscal year: 
2013