Presentation Description: You have noticed flowers on plants in the landscape and probably seen pollen floating around from conifers or stuck to a bee. But have you ever considered the almost dizzying array of strategies plants exhibit to ensure reproductive success, while also prioritizing genetic diversity? Have you ever wondered how your local elm, maple, or holly gets pollinated to produce those fruits and seeds that follow flowers? Join this discussion to learn about sex expression, timing, placement, and other strategies flowering plants use to reproduce.
Bio: Ryan’s teaching and research focuses on woody landscape plants. He teaches core courses including plant propagation, plant growth and development, and landscape plant identification. He established the Ornamental Plant Breeding Program, which develops new cultivars of woody shrubs and trees to improve traits such as disease resistance, habit, fragrance, reduced fertility, and much more. He has developed a diverse program including breeding efforts in nearly 50 genera – a number that continues to grow. The overarching goal is for the research to directly support and enhance the success of nursery producers, landscapers, and consumers while expanding the scientific body of knowledge.