Genetic Mosaics in Strangler Fig Trees: Implications for Tropical Conservation

@article{Thomson1991GeneticMI,
  title={Genetic Mosaics in Strangler Fig Trees: Implications for Tropical Conservation},
  author={J. Thomson and E. Herre and J. Hamrick and J. Stone},
  journal={Science},
  year={1991},
  volume={254},
  pages={1214 - 1216}
}
Single trees of six species of strangler figs (Ficus spp., Moraceae) in Panama were found to be made up of multiple genotypes, presumably formed by the fusion of different individuals. The phenomenon is frequent enough that strangler fig populations will contain considerably more genetic variation than would be expected from the number of trees. How this cryptic variation affects populations depends on the flowering phonology of composite trees. If the genetically different portions of trees… Expand
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