Using soil seed banks to assess temporal patterns of genetic variation in invasive plant populations

  title={Using soil seed banks to assess temporal patterns of genetic variation in invasive plant populations},
  author={Mark Fennell and Tommy Gallagher and Luis Le{\'o}n Vintr{\'o} and Bruce Osborne},
  booktitle={Ecology and evolution},
Most research on the genetics of invasive plant species has focused on analyzing spatial differences among existing populations. Using a long-established Gunnera tinctoria population from Ireland, we evaluated the potential of using plants derived from seeds associated with different soil layers to track genetic variation through time. This species and site were chosen because (1) G. tinctoria produces a large and persistent seed bank; (2) it has been present in this locality, Sraheens, for ∼90… CONTINUE READING
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