Endangered Species Endophytes
by Priesnitz, Melanie
Sarah is an Arthur Irving Scholarship recipient, funded by the Arthur Irving Academy, and is researching endophytes (fungi that live within plants) found in the endangered and protected Eastern Mountain Avens plant population located on Nova Scotia’s Brier Island and Digby Neck. This plant, Geum peckii, is actually an alpine plant but a distinct population is found in coastal bogs in these two locations. Why an alpine plant is found in coastal bogs is a mystery and the question for researchers is whether endophytes are playing a role in making this rare plant more resilient and helping it survive outside its normal range. Find out more about Sarah's research at the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre.