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Tuesday, April 24 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Phytoestrogen And Sugar Analysis In Endangered Sarracenia rubra Ssp. jonesii Populations

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Sarracenia jonesii (mountain sweet pitcher plant) and Sarracenia rubra are endangered pitcher plants found in mountain bogs in western North and South Carolina. Due to their carnivorous diet, pitcher plants often reside in low nutrient, wetland environments, and are susceptible to competition from other, nutrient loving plants. This study will sample Sarracenia jonesii and Sarracenia rubra fluids for sugar levels and phytoestrogen levels in order to assess plant health across different colonies. Phytoestrogens are plant derived phenolic compounds with bioactive properties, as well as roles as secondary metabolites within the plants themselves. Ranging from defense against pathogens, determining plant color, or increasing UV resistance, the wide range of functions displayed by these compounds provides the possibility to utilize them to assess plant health within its environment. This research will observe endangered Sarracenia jonesii pitcher plants by measuring sugar levels within enzymatic fluids, and detecting for measurable levels of phytoestrogens as an indicator of plant stress. Across several colonies within Western North Carolina, comparisons will be made as to what factors contribute to a successful colony of Mountain Sweet pitcher plants.

Tuesday April 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Sherrill Center Concourse