Project Baseline is a research seed bank designed to study the evolution of wild plants. Millions of seeds representing 65 taxa across 270 sites in the continental USA were collected by maternal line to facilitate evolutionary and ecological research using the resurrection approach. Dormant ancestors of known age from the Project Baseline seedbank can be reared in a common garden with contemporary descendants collected from the same site to directly observe evolutionary change over time and examine how it differs across space.
Questions that can be addressed using the Project Baseline seed bank include, but are not limited to:
How fast is adaptive evolution occurring and can it keep pace with climate change?
How variable are evolutionary rates among populations across a species’ range?
How does the genetic architecture of populations evolve in a rapidly changing environment?
How do reproductive, physiological or phenological traits evolve in the context of changes in the length of growing season, onset of summer drought or increased climatic variation?
The Project Baseline team is hosting a FREE three-part workshop series designed to introduce potential researchers to the collection, discuss best practices for using the collection and to facilitate potential research collaborations. Join us via Zoom on October 5, 12, and 19, 2021 @ 3:00 – 5:00 pm EST to learn more! Online registration will open soon! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in the workshops, find us on twitter @PBseedbank or visit http://www.baselineseedbank.org to learn more.