Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date


Faculty Mentor

Dr. Sven Buerki


Basin big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata subsp. tridentata) is a keystone species of the sagebrush steppe, a widespread ecosystem of western North America threatened by climate change. The study's goal was to develop an in vitro method of propagation for this taxon to support genome sequencing and genotype-by-environment research on drought tolerance. Suchresearch may ultimately facilitate the reintroduction of big sagebrush in degraded habitats. Effects of IBA and NAA on rooting of shoot tips were tested on 45 individuals and 15 shoot tips per individual. Growth regulator and individual-seedling effects on percent rooting and roots per shoot tip were evaluated using statistical and clustering analyses. Furthermore, rooted shoot tips were transferred into new media to ascertain their continued growth in vitro. Results suggest that A. tridentata is an outbred species, as shown by individuals' effect on rooting and growth. IBA addition was the most effective method for promoting adventitious rooting,especially in top-performing individuals. These individuals also have high survival and growth ratesupon transferring to new media, making them suitable candidates for generating biomass for genome sequencing and producing clones for genotype-by-environment research.


This research is part of the Genome 2 Phenome project.

Rachael Barrons is also affilaited with Simplot Plant Sciences in Boise, Idaho.