New Publication on Conservation Biology of Amorpha herbacea var. crenulata (Fabaceae)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Former Fairchild post-doctoral researcher Julissa Roncal published her work entitled, "Testing appropriate habitat outside of historic range: The case of Amorpha herbacea var. crenulata (Fabaceae)" in the Journal for Nature Conservation volume 20, pages 109-116.  In collaboration with University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center and South Florida Conservation Team colleagues, she found that crenulate leadplant survived in four microhabitats, but grew best in areas where grass cover was low and phosphorus content was high.  This research represents a method for testing whether conditions outside of a species’ historic range will be suitable for introduction, which may become increasingly necessary with climate change.