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Title: Effect of population outcrossing rate on inbreeding depression in Pinus contorta var. murrayana seedlings.

Author: Sorensen, Frank C.;

Date: 2001

Source: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 16: 391-403

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Seft and cross families from three populatons (A, low-density, ecologically marginal site for lodgepole pine, and B + C, normal sites) were cultured in a common outdoor nursery for 2 yrs. Previous results results had shown higher natural selfing rates and lower inbreeding depression in embryo survival in A than in B + C. In the nursery test, selfing decreased means of size traits, retarded phenological development, increased variance among families within populations, increased the coefficient of within-family variance, and increased within-family skewness. The selfing depression of mean values was moderately less and the selfing inflation of within-plot variation was much less in A than in B + C. Results were compatible with the idea that the higher selfing rate in A had purged both severely deleterious alleles affecting embryo survival and severely deleterious deleterious alleles affecting later life-cycle traits related to plant size. Purging partially mitigated the genetic consequences associated with increased inbreeding in small populations, but even with purging, population A retained a large inbreeding depression in both embryonic and seedling traits.

Keywords: deleterious alleles, family variances, lodgepole pine, purging, selfing

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Sorensen, Frank C. 2001. Effect of population outcrossing rate on inbreeding depression in Pinus contorta var. murrayana seedlings. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 16: 391-403


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