Write a 5 pages paper on clonal integration in ochthochloa compressa ecotypes under various environmental conditions. Ochthochloa Compressa is a perennial grass that grows up to 10 cm to 30 cm approximately. To survive under adverse conditions, this grass species has developed an ability of clonal integration. This adaptive mechanism has proven highly beneficial for its growth and survival, even in unfavorable conditions. Clonal integration has helped the species to activate its metabolic defense system to help it survive. To build such an immune mechanism, the plant has also developed a specific cellular structure (Peltzer, 2002). Compared to other species of the same genus, it becomes apparent that only a handful of grass families possess such qualities to sustain for long. Scientists studying the plant behavior revealed that Ochthochloa Compressa, with its clonal integration ability, can produce vegetative offspring in the form of ‘ramets,’ which are also genetically identical. The ramets are observed to grow fast and healthy when produced besides the mother within a specific distance. The genetic species is termed as ‘genet, which continuously spreads laterally to adapt to its surrounding microhabitat conditions (Kun, 2003. Peltzer, 2002). The produced ramets are connected even if dispersed at a distance, sharing almost similar sort of resources that include mineral nutrients, photoassimilates, and water. Through this procedure, the plant lowers the effects of harsh and sudden climatic changes on its microbiological development process.
The process also helps the plant in enhancing its survival capability through effective resource sharing. Nevertheless, the ramets of Ochthochloa Compressa are ascertained to be biologically independent (Oborny et al., 2000).The ramets of Ochthochloa Compressa are required to be produced genetically to ensure better survival and colonization. The clonal integration process is also determined as an effective procedure based on which Ochthochloa Compressa can invade a new environment and exploit heterogeneous resources. Also, clonal integration facilitates the species in colonization and the growth of ramets under stressful conditions (Oborny et al., 2000). Due to this particular reason, genets can survive in different environmental changes, adapting adversities effectively. .