Evan Forsythe, Jordan Brock, Mark Beilstein and Zübeyde Uḡurlu (Hacettepe University) stop for a quick pose in the Sündiken Mountains.
Evan collects his first Camelina specimen and sports a new look for the field.
The team struck gold on our first day of collecting! We sampled a dozen populations of the genus, preserving seeds for plant propagation, leaf material for DNA extraction while also preparing specimens for herbarium submission.
Dr. Mark Beilstein (University of Arizona)
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.