Jason D. Thompson

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Documenting the floral biology of species throughout the Rubiaceae family is of particular interest since heterostyly and dioecy may have evolved more than once in this large family. Unfortunately many species in several tropical regions remain unstudied. The purpose of this paper is to describe the floral biology, the nature of self-incompatibility, morph(More)
An unusual stylar dimorphism occurs in Narcissus, a plant genus of insect-pollinated Mediterranean geophytes. To determine the characteristics of the sexual polymorphism, we investigated floral variation in 46 populations of N. assoanus (section Jonquillae) and 21 populations of N. dubius (section Tazettae) in SW France. Flowers possess two stamen levels in(More)
Floral traits that reduce self-pollination in hermaphroditic plants have usually been interpreted as mechanisms that limit the genetic consequences of self-fertilization. However, the avoidance of sexual conflict between female and male function (self-interference) may also represent an important selection pressure for the evolution of floral traits,(More)
The high frequency of dioecy on oceanic islands such as Hawaii and New Zealand has attracted a great deal of attention from plant evolutionary biologists. One reason suggested for the high prevalence of dioecy on oceanic islands is that taxa considered truly dioecious may have occasional hermaphrodite flowers, i.e., show leaky dioecy. In this study, we(More)
The clonal macrophyte Scirpus maritimus (Cyperaceae) propagates locally by rhizomes and reproduces sexually by achenes. The purpose of this paper was to examine whether in size-limited habitats in patchy and discrete marshes in two Mediterranean wetlands in southern France natural populations may suffer from a reduced maternal fecundity due to a deficit in(More)
In this study we examined the relative effects of inbreeding and outbreeding on offspring fitness over two generations in Anchusa crispa Viv., a rare species which on Corsica (France) occurs in small populations composed of patches of few individuals. Self- and outcross-pollinations were carried out in a single population and F(1) progeny grown to(More)
Recent advances in molecular biology have allowed the development of techniques to contrast spatial differentiation in nuclear and cytoplasmic genes and thus provide important data on relative levels of gene flow by pollen and seed in higher plants. In this paper, we compare the spatial structure of nuclear (allozymes) and cytoplasmic (cpDNA) genes among(More)
Populations of the insect-pollinated geophytes Narcissus assoanus and N. dubius (Amaryllidaceae) are commonly dimorphic for stigma height. An extensive survey of populations of the two species in SW France revealed a wide range of style-morph frequencies, particularly populations with significantly more long-styled than short-styled plants. Here we employ(More)
Cyclamen balearicum is a self-compatible perennial herb endemic to the western Mediterranean Basin. This species occurs in five geographically isolated terrestrial islands in southern France and on four Balearic islands. In this study, we compare genetic variability and differentiation within and among 11 terrestrial island populations and 17 true island(More)
Forensic crime scene sample analysis, by its nature, often deals with samples in which there are low amounts of nucleic acids, on substrates that often lead to inhibition of subsequent enzymatic reactions such as PCR amplification for STR profiling. Common substrates include denim from blue jeans, which yields indigo dye as a PCR inhibitor, and soil, which(More)