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Habitat specialization through germination cueing

Habitat specialization through germination cueing

Habitat specialization through germination cueing

The importance of regeneration to plant habitat specialization has been poorly studied. ten Brink et al. examine the adaptive association between germination ecology and specialization to either forest or open habitats in a comparative experiment using 17 congeneric species pairs with contrasting habitat preference. They find that seeds of forest and open habitat species respond differently to environmental cues. In a conceptual model they show that species from the two habitats are adapted to utilize different windows of opportunity in time (season) and space (habitat), and they suggest that phases in the plant life cycle other than the established phase should be considered important in adaptive specialization.

Gene flow, drift and populations of Sardinian Aquilegia

Gene flow, drift and populations of Sardinian Aquilegia

Gene flow, drift and populations of Sardinian Aquilegia

The Mediterranean Basin is an important region for plant biodiversity, but there are relatively few studies of fine-scale genetic variation. Garrido et al. assess the spatial genetic structure of all known locations of the three Sardinian endemic species of Aquilegia (Ranunculaceae) and determine that genetic drift has been historically more influential than gene flow on population structure. They conclude that the spatial genetic structure found is not fully compatible with current taxonomic affiliations of Sardinian Aquilegia taxa.