Calder Center at 50: Tracking Plant Evolution at Warp Speed

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If you want to study how plants evolve, you need a space that you can be sure will be left undisturbed by flora and fauna alike. The Louis Calder Center, which features a greenhouse and numerous outdoor plots on its 113 acre grounds, was the perfect environment for Mike Sekor, a recent Ph.D. graduate, to do his research.

“We used to think that evolution was such a slow process, but we really realize at this point that evolution really can be studied over experimental timescales, even less than ten generations,” he said.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Calder Center, we sat down with Sekor to learn more about his research there.

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