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February 16, 2016: Botany Photo of the Day will return this spring with a new format similar to the new UBC Botanical Garden web site. In the meantime, please enjoy the restored content!

Gossypium darwinii

Gossypium darwinii
Gossypium darwinii

The next few days will feature photographs and writings from other staff and researchers at UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research. To start the series, photographs from the Galapagos Islands and comment by Dr. Quentin Cronk, the garden and research centre's director. – Daniel

Darwin's cotton, photographed near Urbina Bay of Isabella Island. Although this cotton is endemic to the Galapagos Islands, it is closely related to Gossypium barbadense, or Egyptian cotton. See: Wendel, J. F. and R. G. Percy, 1990. Allozyme diversity and introgression in the Galapagos Islands endemic Gossypium darwinii and its relationship to continental Gossypium barbadense. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 18:517-528.

Daniel adds: Dr. Keith Adams from the UBC Centre for Plant Research uses Gossypium to understand the evolution, expression and function of duplicated genes.

Conservation resource link (by Daniel): The Charles Darwin Foundationexists to provide knowledge and support to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity of the Galapagos Archipelago through scientific research and complementary actions.

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