Quercus Quest Campaign Kickoff
Join a virtual presentation given by one of our partners all about Oaks!
Taken from the presentation site:
“The world’s estimated 425 oak species exchange genes with their close relatives through hybridization. The Quercus Quest campaign is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Dimensions of Biodiversity Program, which is investigating how this exchange of genetic material allows oaks to adapt to new environments, and how oaks then shape the populations of insect and fungal species that depend on them. Because hybridization depends on the timing of pollen movement between species, and because the fungi and insects that live on oaks respond to the timing of leaf and root production, phenology is key to understanding the complexities of oak ecosystems.
Your data collected as part of this campaign will be used to understand the relationship between climate and leaf and flowering phenology in eastern white oak, bur oak, and their relatives.
Join us for a kickoff webinar to learn how you can get involved in this research by tracking one or more oak trees where you live! We will record this webinar, add it to our YouTube channel, and send the link to all those who registered.
This campaign includes the following oak species:
white oak (Quercus alba)
swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)
sand live oak (Quercus geminata)
overcup oak (Quercus lyrata)
bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii)
chestnut oak (Quercus montana)
chinkapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)
dwarf chinkapin oak (Quercus prinoides)
post oak (Quercus stellata)
southern live oak (Quercus virginiana
Learn more about Quercus Quest: https://www.usanpn.org/nn/QuercusQuest