Genetic delineation of local provenance defines seed collection zones along a climate gradient

Stylidium hispidum flower. Photo credit: K Hufford.
Stylidium hispidum flower. Photo credit: K Hufford.

Ecological restoration is often conducted with limited consideration of genetic diversity and the environmental factors that drive variation within species. In a new study published in AoB PLANTS, Hufford et al. examined the genetic diversity and environmental variation among 16 populations of Stylidium hispidum, an endemic southwestern Australian triggerplant. As a result they were able to estimate the seed transfer distance within which genetic divergence is low and population fitness is less likely to be impacted by maladaptation, and identify environmental variables that may be relevant for future restoration of this species.


AoB PLANTS is an open-access, online journal that publishes peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of environmental and evolutionary biology. Published by Oxford University Press, AoB PLANTS provides a fast-track pathway for publishing high-quality research, where papers are available online to anyone, anywhere free of charge. Reasons to publish in AoB PLANTS include double-blind peer review of manuscripts, rapid processing time and low open-access charges.

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