High Genetic Diversity in a Potentially Vulnerable Tropical Tree Species Despite Extreme Habitat Loss

  title={High Genetic Diversity in a Potentially Vulnerable Tropical Tree Species Despite Extreme Habitat Loss},
  author={Annika M. E. Noreen and Edward Layman Webb},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Over the last 150 years, Singapore's primary forest has been reduced to less than 0.2% of its previous area, resulting in extinctions of native flora and fauna. Remaining species may be threatened by genetic erosion and inbreeding. We surveyed >95% of the remaining primary forest in Singapore and used eight highly polymorphic microsatellite loci to assess genetic diversity indices of 179 adults (>30 cm stem diameter), 193 saplings (>1 yr), and 1,822 seedlings (<1 yr) of the canopy tree… CONTINUE READING
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