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Breeding structure of a Yucca filamentosa (Agavaceae) population

Author(s): L. K. Massey and J. L. Hamrick

Month: Aug
Year: 1999

Publication Type: Article
Journal: Evolution
Volume: 53
Issue: 4
Pages: 1293-1298

Article Topic(s): Pollination,Genetics
Research Setting(s): Laboratory

Species Referenced: Yucca filamentosa (Adam's needle),


Provides a genetic analysis of the breeding structure of Yuccan filamentosa. This species has a species-specific pollinator, the yucca moth (Tegeticula yuccasella) but is also self-compatible. Results of the study indicate that Y. filamentosa is predominantly outcrossed and that individual fruits are sired by different sets of pollen donors. Pollen moved from 6-293 meters and that at least 10% of progeny were pollinated from plants outside of the population.

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L. K. Massey and J. L. Hamrick. "Breeding structure of a Yucca filamentosa (Agavaceae) population." Evolution 53.4 (1999): 1293-1298.

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