After arriving Yerevan, we headed for the Botanical Institute of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences. Using the Camelina collection in the herbarium, we familiarized ourselves with morphological variation in the genus. We also had the opportunity to tour the botanical garden at the institute with one of our collaborators Dr. Alla Aleksanyan and her friend Karine Janjughatyan.
Field Collections 2013
Mark Beilstein, Jordan Brock and Evan Forsythe are heading into the field! We are on our way to Turkey and the Caucasus region in search of native Camelina populations. We will be exploring western Turkey, Georgia, and Armenia in order to collect tissue samples, seeds, and herbarium specimens. Camelina contains the emerging biofuel crop, C. sativa. We hope to infer the evolutionary history and origin of cultivation in the genus by sampling and analyzing DNA from native populations. The trip begins June 16th. We will travel by planes, trains, and automobiles. Check back often for details of our trip, including photos and stories of our adventures! This trip has been made possible by a National Geographic CRE Grant.