Application of spatial analysis for conservation and use of plant genetic resources
This paper explores the possibilities of incorporating molecular marker data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to allow visualization and better understanding of spatial patterns of genetic diversity as a key input to optimize conservation and use of plant genetic resources, based on a case study of cherimoya (Annona cherimola Mill.), a Neotropical fruit tree species. Spatial analyses are presented to (1) improve the understanding of spatial distribution of genetic diversity of cherimoya natural stands and cultivated trees in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru based on microsatellite molecular markers (SSRs); and (2) formulate optimal conservation strategies by revealing priority areas for in situ conservation, and identifying existing diversity gaps in ex situ collections.
Category: Journal articles
Author: van Zonneveld, M.; Scheldeman, X.; Escribano, P.; Viruel, M.A.; Van Damme, P.; Garcia, W.; Tapia, C.; Romero, J.; Sigueñas, J.I.
Journal or series: PLoS ONE, Vol.7 (1)
Publication Year: 2012
Publication Format: PDF