Inferring population history from fine-scale spatial genetic analysis in Oryza rufipogon (Poaceae). uri icon

abstract

  • Determining the genetic structure of an in situ conserved population can provide insight into the dynamics of population genetic processes associated with successful plant conservation. We used 21 microsatellite loci to analyse the genetic relationships among individuals (n= 813) collected from a small Oryza rufipogon population conserved since 1993 in Hunan Province of China. The analysis revealed four distinct genetic subpopulations (F-ST= 0.145) without geographic isolation. One subpopulation was composed of possible introgressed individuals, two subpopulations were composed of seed recruits and their descendants, and the fourth subpopulation consisted of reintroduced individuals, seed recruits and their descendants. Positive spatial genetic structures were detected by spatial autocorrelation statistics at the population (c. 63 m) and subpopulation levels (11-30 m), but the degree of autocorrelation was stronger at the population level. These results showed that prejudging the cryptic structure is important before autocorrelation analysis for the entire population. Our study suggests that population history can be a significant determinant on population structure for plant restoration projects.

publication date

  • 2006
  • 2006
  • 2006