Ferns, chromosomal evolution featured in HudsonAlpha seminar

Paul Wolf, PhD, addressed an audience of researchers at HudsonAlpha as part of the spring seminar series. Wolf serves as the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

In his talk, Wolf discussed the evolution of genome size and chromosome number in plants, specifically focusing on ferns. Ferns are known to have larger genomes than many flowering plants, and they can be found almost everywhere. 

Wolf specifically discussed the ways that ferns and plants transition from diploid (two copies of every chromosome) to tetraploid (four copies).

This seminar was hosted by Jeremy Schmutz and Jane Grimwood, PhD.

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