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Conservation genetics of high elevation five-needle white pinesAuthor(s): Andrew D. Bower; Sierra C. McLane; Andrew Eckert; Stacy Jorgensen; Anna Schoettle; Sally Aitken
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. 98-117.
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionConservation genetics examines the biophysical factors influencing genetic processes and uses that information to conserve and maintain the evolutionary potential of species and populations. Here we review published and unpublished literature on the conservation genetics of seven North American high-elevation five-needle pines. Although these species are widely distributed across much of western North America, many face considerable conservation challenges: they are not valued for timber, yet they have high ecological value; they are susceptible to the introduced disease white pine blister rust (caused by the fungus Cronartium ribicola) and endemic-turned-epidemic pests; and some are affected by habitat fragmentation and successional replacement by other species.
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CitationBower, Andrew D.; McLane, Sierra C.; Eckert, Andrew; Jorgensen, Stacy; Schoettle, Anna; Aitken, Sally. 2011. Conservation genetics of high elevation five-needle white pines. 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. 98-117.
Keywordshigh elevation five-needle pines, threats, whitebark, Pinus albicaulis, limber, Pinus flexilis, southwestern white, Pinus strobiformis, foxtail, Pinus balfouriana, Great Basin bristlecone, Pinus longaeva, Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine, Pinus aristata
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