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Between the Pistil and the Pollen

A visit with Bruce McClure, Professor, Biochemistry

By Noelle Buhidar
Published: - Topics: biology biochemistry plants plant mating plant genetics

Research in the McClure Lab

Topics: biology biochemistry

Bruce McClure studies plant mating. Similarly to all sexually reproducing organisms, plants devise ways to identify appropriate mates. The penalty for choosing a partner who is either too closely related or too genetically different is unhealthy offspring. Sound familiar? The same rules apply to human reproduction, with one major difference—plants can’t move around or talk. McClure and his fellow researchers approach plant mating with a scientific lens and study the type of communication that takes place within these organisms.