New grant funded to study beneficial milkweed in the southwest | Desert Botanical Garden

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A Bureau of Land Management Cooperative Agreement was granted this year to Plant and Insect Ecology Program Coordinator, and PhD student Natalie Melkonoff and will fund many aspects of the Garden’s Great Milkweed Grow Out initiative. The grant will also, in collaboration with a BLM Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program cooperative agreement, support the construction of an experimental heating array that will be used to test milkweed (Asclepias spp.) physiological responses to episodic heat waves. This research will help us understand how increased temperatures may impact the monarch-milkweed host relationship in the future. Stay tuned for future updates.

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