Conservation priorities for Prunus africana defined with the aid of spatial analysis of genetic data and climatic variables

Conservation priorities for Prunus africana, a tree species found across Afromontane regions, which is of great commercial interest internationally and of local value for rural communities, were defined with the aid of spatial analyses applied to a set of georeferenced molecular marker data (chloroplast and nuclear microsatellites) from 32 populations in 9 African countries. Two approaches for the selection of priority populations for conservation were used, differing in the way they optimize representation of intra-specific diversity of P. africana across a minimum number of populations. In addition, the potential distribution of P. africana was modeled, based on a dataset of 1,500 georeferenced observations, with the objective to assess whether the priority populations identified are exposed to threats from agricultural expansion and climate change, and whether they are located within the boundaries of protected areas.

Vinceti, B.; Loo, J.; Gaisberger, H.; van Zonneveld, M.J.; Schueler, S.; Konrad, H.; Kadu, C.A.; Geburek, T.
Plos One, Vol. 8(3)
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