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Recent changes in sylvicultural practices in Central Europe have created forests with closed canopies, and tree species preferring open and sunny forests have declined in area and abundance. This led to increased isolation of populations of many rare insect-pollinated, fleshy-fruited species with a naturally scattered distribution. To gain insight into the(More)
Although it has been long presumed that population genetic variability should decrease as a species' range margin is approached, results of empirical investigations remain ambiguous. Sampling strategies employed by many of these studies have not adequately sampled the entire range. Here we present the results of an investigation of population genetic(More)
Small populations of self-incompatible plants are assumed to be threatened by a limitation of compatible mating partners due to low genetic diversity at the self-incompatibility (S) locus. In contrast, we show by using a PCR-RFLP approach for S-genotype identification that 15 small populations (N = 8-88) of the rare wild pear (Pyrus pyraster) displayed no(More)
Connectivity among populations plays a crucial role in maintaining genetic variation at a local scale, especially in small populations affected strongly by genetic drift. The negative consequences of population disconnection on allelic richness and gene diversity (heterozygosity) are well recognized and empirically established. It is not well recognized,(More)
European Black Poplar (Populus nigra) is considered a rare and endangered tree species because of severe reduction of its natural riverine habitat and potential hybridisation with the related non-indigenous taxa P. deltoides and P. x canadensis. As it is difficult to distinguish these taxa solely based on their morphology, we applied a PCR-based assay with(More)
Small populations of self-incompatible plants may be expected to be threatened by the limitation of compatible mating partners (i.e., S-Allee effect). However, few empirical studies have explicitly tested the hypothesis of mate limitation in small populations of self-incompatible plants. To do so, we studied wild pear (Pyrus pyraster), which possesses a(More)
The dynamic modulus is the main input material property of asphalt mixtures for the modern mechanistic-empirical asphalt pavement design methods. The dynamic modulus is determined in laboratory by different procedures but in all cases, they require sophisticated equipment and well-trained personnel. When these experimental results are not available, they(More)
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