Date of Award

Spring 2010

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)




College of Science

First Advisor

Philip Whalen


It is important to study plant reproductive cycles and modes of reproduction so that we may better the biosphere and our imprint on it. Mankind has been overtaking, polluting and destroying the biosphere for generations. It is imperative that we begin to understand, to study and to experiment on the reproduction of integral flora. As producers, vegetation is vital to any ecosystem. In order to maintain the balance in natural food webs, it is key that we understand natural cycles. It is also important that we begin and continue to properly and safely manipulate flora in order to produce more efficient and more sufficient vegetation. Without an abundance of efficient producers, food and energy webs would begin to deteriorate and vanish altogether, and, in the not so distant future, completely decimate necessary ecological biodiversity.