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Conservation Biology

Wolfe, Andrea D. [1].

Conservation genetics of Penstemon debilis (Plantaginaceae).

Penstemon debilis is an edaphic endemic species restricted to south-facing oil shale talus slopes in the Parachute Creek Member of the Green River Formation of Colorado. The species was described in 1987 by Steve L O'Kane and John L. Anderson. A survey in 1998 revealed ca. 6750 individuals, but that number fell to <800 individuals in a 2006 survey. Previous ecological and ISSR studies revealed some population structure to the then four known populations. In this study, eight microsatellite loci were used to further examine patterns of genetic diversity for this rare and endangered species.

Broader Impacts:
Conservation genetic studies can assist local conservation agencies in understanding the status of rare, threatened, and critically endangered species of plants.

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1 - Ohio State University, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, 300 Aronoff Laboratory, 318 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, Ohio, 43210-1293, USA

conservation genetics

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 47
Location: 551A/Convention Center
Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Time: 8:30 AM
Number: 47003
Abstract ID:375

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