Shaw's Agave


About This Project


In collaboration with National Park Services, we study the origin and genetic diversity of agave utilizing phylogenetic analysis and plant-specific microbial diversity using 16s rRNA sequencing within Point Loma Cabrillo National Monument. Shaw’s Agave suffered habitat loss along the Border Crossing due to construction of the border fence. Various other factors (topography, pests, soil chemistry , microbial diversity, and long reproductive cycles) may also have contributed to the population’s decline.

We have gathered tissue and soil samples from Pt. Loma, the Border Crossing, Rosarito (MX), and Arroyo Hondo (MX) to determine genetic variation and other variables within and between four distinct geographic sites affecting Agave's biodiversity. 

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Sora Haagensen


Research Progress

Sampling Agave shawii shawii tissue and soil extraction from Cabrillo National Monument. 

DNA extraction of Agave shawii shawii plant tissue to determine phylogeny and biodiversity of samples from different sites.

Final poster presentation session and award ceremony.  "Barcoding genes rbcL and matK reveal Shaw's Agave genetic diversity while Biolog EcoPlates quantify variation in microbial substrate utilization within Pt. Loma Cabrillo National Monument" presented by first cohort participants Alexa Villa, Maizy Rogers, and Sora Haagensen.