Svalbard Science Forum - Arctic Field GrantRiS No: 10113
Project No: 246125/E10
Period covered - start date: 16/02/2015
Period covered - end date: 30/10/2015
Project Administrator: Boris Zimmermann
UNIS assistant: Pernille Bronken Eidesen
NMBU assistant: Siri Fjellheim
Field assistant: Martin Paliocha
Due to unique habitat, plant populations of Svalbard present a perfect experimental pool for investigation of reproduction fitness and strategies in the extreme environment. The fieldwork in Svalbard has covered two separate periods: 1) sampling of pollen belonging to plant (predominantly Poales) populations in the Isfjorden area in mid-July, and 2) sampling of seeds, from the same plant populations in early September. Biochemical composition of pollen and seeds will be determined by vibrational spectroscopy in order to assess acclimation and adaptive reproductive traits of Svalbard’s plant populations.
Sampling locations: Endalen (upper left) and Colesdalen (upper right) in July 2015; Adventdalen (lower left) and Platåberget (lower right) in September 2015.