Genetics and Conservation of Rare Plants

Hardcover | October 1, 1987

EditorDonald A. Falk, Kent E. Holsinger

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Nearly 700 species of plants may become extinct by the year 2000. Faced with this overwhelming prospect, plant conservationists must take advantage of every technique available. This unique work summarizes our current knowledge of the genetics and population biology of rare plants, andintegrates it with practical conservation recommendations. It features discussions on the distribution and significance of genetic variation, management and evaluation of rare plant germplasm, and conservation strategies for genetic diversity. Case studies focusing on specific problems offerimportant insights for today's challenges in rare plant conservation.

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Nearly 700 species of plants may become extinct by the year 2000. Faced with this overwhelming prospect, plant conservationists must take advantage of every technique available. This unique work summarizes our current knowledge of the genetics and population biology of rare plants, andintegrates it with practical conservation recommen...

Donald A. Falk is at Center for Plant Conservation, Boston. Kent E. Holsinger is at University of Connecticut.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.29 × 6.1 × 0.71 inPublished:October 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195064291

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PART I: Population Biology and Genetics of Rare Species1. Spencer C.H. Barrett and Joshua R. Kohn: Genetic and Evolutionary Consequences of Small Population Size in Plants: Implications for Conservation2. Laura Huenneke: Ecological Implications of Genetic Variation in Plant Populations3. Eric S. Menges: The Application of Minimum Viable Population Theory to Plants4. Kamaljit S. Bawa and Peter S. Ashton: Conservation of Rare Trees in Tropical Rain Forests: A Genetic PerspectivePART II: Distribution and Sampling of Genetic Variation5. J.L. Hamrick, M.J. Godt, D.A. Murawski, and M.D. Loveless: Relationships Between Species Characteristics and the Distribution of Allozyme Variation6. Patterns of Genetic Variation and Breeding Systems in Rare Plant Species,Jeffrey R. Karron7. A.H.D. Brown and J.D. Briggs: Sampling Strategies for Genetic Variation in Ex-Situ Collections of Endangered Plant SpeciesPART III: Management and Assessment of Off-Site Collections8. Barbara A. Schaal and Steven H. Rogstad: Methods of Assessing Genetic Variation9. S.A. Eberhart, E.E. Roos and L.E. Towill: Strategies for Long-Term Management of Germplasm CollectionsPART IV: Conservation Strategies for Genetic Diversity10. Constance I. Millar and William J. Libby: Strategies for Conserving Clinical, Ecotypic, and Disjunct Population Diversity in Widespread Species11. Loren H. Rieseberg: Hybridization in Rare Plants: Insights from Case Studies in Helianthus and Cercocarpus12. Alan R. Templeton: Offsite Breeding of Animals and Implications for Plant Conservation Strategies13. Kent E. Holsinger and Leslie D. Gottlieb: Recommendations for the Preservation of Genetic Diversity14. Donald A. Falk: Integrated Conservation Strategies for Plant Genetic Diversity

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"A resource for the conservation community. In combining theory and practice, a wide range of topics are explored. . . . the text is clearly written, and most subjects are treated fully. I commend the editors on a job well done." --Ecology