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Ecological Section

Shanks, Hunter [1], Motley, Timothy [2].

Observations of the Southeastern Virginia Phenology Project with Implications of Phenotypic Response to Climate Change.

The Southeastern Virginia Phenology Project (SVPP) was created to observe the phenology of differing plants in the surrounding area. Phenology is the study of seasonal plant cycles such as flowering, fruiting, and leaf emergence and senescence. The SVPP sites are located at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and contain plants with various importances including, national calibration species, allergens, regionally important species, erosion controllers, and key species for migratory animals. Observational data from across the United States is uploaded to the USA National Phenology website where it can be compiled to aid in discovering new phenological trends. The combined data offers insight into trends such as seasonal cycle fluctuations, which may lead to new horticultural and agricultural practices. For example, phenological data shows the pollen season has been extended nearly two additional weeks and increasing warm temperatures has affected plant productivity in Vaccinium corymbosom and resulted in individuals flowering in December 2011 and January 2012, instead of their normal April bloom. This type of information aids in gaining a better understanding of phenophase responses to a changing climate, which is the primary goal of the project. The SVPP and the species monitored will be described and data collected during the first years of the project will be presented.

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USA National Phenology Network

1 - Old Dominion University, Department of Biological Sciences, 110 Mills Godwin Building/45th St, Norfolk, Va, 23508, USA
2 - Old Dominion University, Biological Sciences, 110 Mills Godwin/ W 45th St., Norfolk, VA, 23529, USA

climate change.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Battelle South/Convention Center
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 5:45 PM
Number: PEC013
Abstract ID:570

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