Morphometric analysis of inflorescence phytoliths produced byAvena sativa L. andAvena strigos schreb
Phytoliths, morphometric analysis, oats, Avena sativa, Avena strigosa
Morphometric analysis, the study of measurements of size and shape, has the potential to be an effective tool for phytolith analysis. This study reports the first attempt to apply the methodology to oats. In particular, this study was designed to determine if morphometric analysis could adequately discriminate between phytoliths produced in the inflorescence bracts of two species of oats, Avena sativa L. and Avena strigosa Schreb. Results indicate that while the taxa produce the same types of phytoliths, those phytoliths have significantly different measurements of size and shape. This suggests the technique has the potential to become a powerful research tool for investigators working in the wide variety of disciplines that utilize phytolith analysis.
Original Publication Citation
Portillo, M., T. Ball, and J. Manwaring. 2006. Morphometric Analysis of Inflorescence Phytoliths Produced by Avena sativa L. and Avena strigosa Schreb. Economic Botany. 60(2):121-129.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Portillo, Marta; Ball, Terry; and Manwaring, Jason, "Morphometric analysis of inflorescence phytoliths produced byAvena sativa L. andAvena strigos schreb" (2006). Faculty Publications. 3542.
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