Multimedia Feature: Unusual labmates: The world’s smallest water lily

Nymphaea thermarum

Credit: Rebecca Povilus/Whitehead Institute

March 18, 2019

Tags: Gehring Lab Evolution + DevelopmentPlant Biology

Unusual Labmates is a multimedia series that will explore some of the uncommon species used for research at Whitehead Institute. The first entry features Nymphaea thermarum (N. thermarum), a tiny water lily that postdoctoral researcher Rebecca Povilus in Whitehead Member Mary Gehring’s lab is using to better understand the evolutionary history of flowering plants.

Click here to experience a multimedia story about N. thermarum, including how the extinct-in-the-wild plant ended up at Whitehead Institute and what researchers hope to learn from investigating its biology.

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