Tracking Tree Genes In Maryland Requires Helping Hands | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Tracking Tree Genes In Maryland Requires Helping Hands

Play associated audio
Scientists are hoping to enlist volunteers to track variations in Balsam Poplars in Maryland.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/banff/1466708220/
Scientists are hoping to enlist volunteers to track variations in Balsam Poplars in Maryland.

The University of Maryland is mapping the genes of trees across the northern U.S., and they're looking for volunteers.

If climate change were more gradual, it might give trees the ability to develop mutations that would protect them. But it's not. In fact, climate change threatens one of the most rapid changes in temperature the earth has seen in millions of years. So how trees and forests respond is going to depend on genes and mutations that already exist. 

That's why scientists at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science in Frostburg want to map the genetic variation of Balsam Poplar trees in northern forests, where temperature changes are expected to be severe. They want to find areas where, because of their genes, trees are more likely to survive earlier springs and warmer summers.

They'll combine genetic analyses with satellite maps, and they're reaching out for volunteers to help them monitor seasonal changes in growth. They hope to learn more about how forests are expected to change in coming years.

Citizens interested in getting involved are encouraged to send an email to citizen.science@al.umces.edu.

NPR

The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.
NPR

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
WAMU 88.5

Krupicka Wants Landlords To Be More Transparent About Mold

The Northern Virginia delegate has introduced legislation to make sure renters have access to information about mold.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.