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Geographic patterns of genetic variation, population structure and adaptive traits in Pinus aristata, Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine

Posted date: June 30, 2011
Publication Year: 
2011
Authors: Schoettle, Anna W.; Goodrich, Betsy A.; Hipkins, Valerie; Richards, Christopher; Kray, Julie
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Proceedings (P)
Source: In: Keane, Robert E.; Tomback, Diana F.; Murray, Michael P.; Smith, Cyndi M., eds. The future of high-elevation, five-needle white pines in Western North America: Proceedings of the High Five Symposium. 28-30 June 2010; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-63. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 152.
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Abstract

Pinus aristata Engelm., Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine, has a narrow geographic and elevational distribution and occurs in disjunct mountain-top populations throughout Colorado and New Mexico in its core range. The species' unique aesthetic and ecological traits combined with the threats of the exotic disease white pine blister rust (WPBR), climate change in high elevation systems, and an outbreak of a native bark beetle make P. aristata of conservation interest, however, little is known about the species genetic structure or adaptive capabilities. Genetic diversity is the foundation for a population's adaptive capacity and knowledge of genetic diversity, population structure and geographic distribution of quantitative traits for this species will help guide gene conservation strategies and evaluation of risk among geographic regions.

Citation

Schoettle, Anna W.; Goodrich, Betsy A.; Hipkins, Valerie; Richards, Christopher; Kray, Julie. 2011. Geographic patterns of genetic variation, population structure and adaptive traits in Pinus aristata, Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine. In: Keane, Robert E.; Tomback, Diana F.; Murray, Michael P.; Smith, Cyndi M., eds. The future of high-elevation, five-needle white pines in Western North America: Proceedings of the High Five Symposium. 28-30 June 2010; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-63. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 152.