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v AKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would first like to thank my major professor and mentor, Dr. James F. Smith, for his patience and guidance, and for the opportunities he has provided me throughout these past three years. He challenged me to take on molecular aspects of botany, taught me to appreciate given opportunities, and gave me the freedom to develop and research aspects of my project to the best of my ability on my own, before seeking his assistance. To this end, Dr. Smith has always had an open doordoi:10.3732/ajb.1200326 pmid:23211568 fatcat:aohjprd7wjekreci2gji6uta54