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Canada: Biologists attempting to repopulate threatened plant

UPEI's Department of Biology is attempting to repopulate the Gulf of St. Lawrence Aster — a plant designated as threatened under Canada's Species at Risk Act.

"We're under contract from Parks Canada to produce some of these plants to reintroduce them to historical sites in order to reestablish populations there," explained UPEI Biology Professor Christian Lacroix.

The Gulf of St. Lawrence Aster is a annual flower and member of the sunflower family.

It's small and puffy like a dandelion and grows in marshy, dune-like habitats across the Maritimes. It only grows in just two places within the National Park in P.E.I., where the plants are monitored regularly.

Lacroix is joined by students in the UPEI greenhouse to grow and nurture the plants before they're transported to the National Park and other spots in the Maritimes.

Read more at CBC News

Publication date: 8/31/2017

 


 

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