P-PLANT is an acronym for Predicting Plant Local Adaptation in the Northwest Territories (P-PLANT).
In the Canadian Arctic, mining and other human activities have caused landscape disturbances which require restoration back to the original habitats. The Aurora Research Institude (ARI) has maintained a seed collection of Arctic grass species and maintain them at considerable effort. In an attempt to reduce the effort necessary to maintain over 400 different wild populations, ARI and the Colautti Lab at Queen’s University are genotyping and characterizing molecular variation for wild grass populations and commercially available varieties which are used in restoration projects.
The genetic structure of these populations will inform efforts to maintain a diverse genetic collection of seed lines and prioritize lines to be preserved.
At present, we have germinated wild and commercial varieties of Calamagrostis spp and Poa spp for RADseq library preparation.