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Capturing Genetic Variation During Ecological Restorations: An Example from Kankakee Sands in Indiana

Dolan, R. W., Marr, D. L., and Schnabel, A. Restoration Ecology 16(3):386-396. 2008.

Genetic variation in populations, both natural and restored, is usually considered crucial for response to shortterm environmental stresses and for long-tenn evolutionary change. To have the best chance of successful long-tenn survival, restored populations should reflect the extant variation found in remnants, but restored sites may suffer from genetic bottlenecks as a result of founder effects. Kankakee Sands is a large-scale restoration being conducted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in northwestern Indiana. Our goal was to test for loss of genetic variation in restored plant populations by comparing them with TNC's seed source nursery and with local remnant populations that were the source of nursery seed and of the first few restored sites.


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Author(s): Rebecca W. Dolan, Deborah L. Marr, Andrew Schnabel

Section: Diverse Species

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