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Conservation genetics of two co-dominant grass species in an endangered grassland ecosystem
Author(s): D. J. Gustafson, D. J. Gibson and D. L. Nickrent
Journal: Journal of Applied Ecology
Article Topic(s): Genetics,Ecotype,Restoration,Seed source
Research Setting(s): Laboratory,Tallgrass prairie
Species Referenced: Andropogon gerardii (Big bluestem),
AbstractCharacterizes the genetic diversity of Andropogon gerardii and Sorghastrum nutans, co-dominant species in the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Genetic diversity was generally higher within rather than among populations. Genetic diversity within a population was not correlated with population size. Local remnant populations were different than non-local seed sources and cultivars. The article suggests that local seeds are preferred for restoration, even if the seed source is from a small population.
Suggested CitationD. J. Gustafson, D. J. Gibson and D. L. Nickrent. "Conservation genetics of two co-dominant grass species in an endangered grassland ecosystem." Journal of Applied Ecology 41.2 (2004): 389-397.