Date: April 14, 2011
Creator: Mighell, Kimberly & Kennedy, James H.
Description: This poster discusses research on Tayloria mirabilis spore dispersal via insect in Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, Chile. Abstract: T. mirabilis is a Splachnaceae moss hypothesized to utilize flies for spore dispersal to dung, a relationship never observed in the southern hemisphere. Flies were trapped within Omara Ethnobotanical Park inside the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve over T. mirabilis, identified to family, and examined for spores. The spores were germinated to verify that they were those of T. mirabilis and the flies carrying spores were found to be seven morphotypes of four families known to utilize dung for feeding/oviposition, therefore acting as vectors of dispersal.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College