Genetic variation and risks of introgression in the wild Coffea arabica gene pool in south-western Ethiopian montane rainforests

@inproceedings{Aerts2013GeneticVA,
  title={Genetic variation and risks of introgression in the wild Coffea arabica gene pool in south-western Ethiopian montane rainforests},
  author={Raf Aerts and Gezahegn Berecha and Pieter Gijbels and Kitessa Hundera and Sabine Van Glabeke and Katrien Vandepitte and Bart Muys and Isabel R{\'o}ldan-Ruiz and Olivier Honnay},
  booktitle={Evolutionary applications},
  year={2013}
}
The montane rainforests of SW Ethiopia are the primary centre of diversity of Coffea arabica and the origin of all Arabica coffee cultivated worldwide. This wild gene pool is potentially threatened by forest fragmentation and degradation, and by introgressive hybridization with locally improved coffee varieties. We genotyped 703 coffee shrubs from unmanaged and managed coffee populations, using 24 microsatellite loci. Additionally, we genotyped 90 individuals representing 23 Ethiopian cultivars… CONTINUE READING
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