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No. 377
May 2016

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Canadian Populations of Magnolia acuminata Have Low Levels of Gene Flow

By Elizabeth Jacobsen
-Adapted from The Plant Press

Populations of Magnolia acuminata may become increasingly isolated and may experience reduced genetic diversity without intervention. (photo by R.A. Howard

Populations of Magnolia acuminata may become increasingly isolated and may experience reduced genetic diversity without intervention. (photo by R.A. Howard

Magnolia acuminata, the cucumber tree, is not the social type. Even where it is widespread, it is never abundant, existing in small populations throughout its range. The northern end of the species distribution lies in Ontario, Canada, where around 200 trees occupy fragmented habitats consisting of small populations of no more than 50, and usually fewer, mature trees. It is considered endangered in Canada and critically imperiled in Indiana, Oklahoma, and Florida. Concerned about its lonely distribution, National Museum of Natural History botanist Elizabeth Zimmer joined Trent University biologists Cara Budd and Joanna Freeland to investigate the tree's genetic diversity using DNA microsatellites, comparing Canadian populations with each other and with populations in the United States (across the heart of M. acuminata's range). Their findings were published in Conservation Genetics. "For other groups of plants with this distribution," comments Zimmer, "in some cases you see there have been bottlenecks, and that's a stronger warning that you have to manage plants."

As it turns out, the northern populations of M. acuminata in Canada have lower levels of genetic diversity than populations across the United States. Zimmer explains, "may not be pollination that maintains genetic diversity, it may be seed dispersal." The beetle species that pollinate the trees likely do not disperse as far as other major pollinating animals, but the plant's seeds are likely dispersed greater distances by birds or in some cases waterways. However seeds must find suitable habitat to germinate, which can be a challenge in today's altered and fragmented environments.

Canadian populations have little gene flow between them; many alleles are found only in one population or another. The trees are long-lived, not reaching fertility until they are 30 years old, and the genetic information in older trees may not represent the state of populations today. This is confirmed by lower levels of genetic diversity found in M. acuminata saplings. The information gathered in the study indicates that the most effective way to protect genetic diversity in peripheral populations is to protect the habitat and dispersers that could facilitate the exchange of seeds between populations.

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Sikkema, J.J., and Boyd, J.N. 2015. Impacts of invasive nonnative plant species on the rare forest herb Scutellaria montana. Acta Oecol. 69:182-191.

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Thapa, I., Butchart, S.H.M., Gurung, H., Stattersfield, A.J., Thomas, D.H.L., and Birch, J.C. 2016. Using information on ecosystem services in Nepal to inform biodiversity conservation and local to national decision-making. Oryx 50(1):147-155.

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Thompson, S.J., Johnson, D.H., Niemuth, N.D., and Ribic, C.A. 2015. Avoidance of unconventional oil wells and roads exacerbates habitat loss for grassland birds in the North American great plains. Biol. Conserv. 192:82-90.

Tichanek, F., and Tropek, R. 2015. Conservation value of post-mining headwaters: drainage channels at a lignite spoil heap harbour threatened stream dragonflies. J. Insect Conserv. 19(5):975-985.

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Tonra, C.M., Sager-Fradkin, K., Morley, S.A., Duda, J.J., and Marra, P.P. 2015. The rapid return of marine-derived nutrients to a freshwater food web following dam removal. Biol. Conserv. 192:130-134.

Torrella, S.A., Ginzburg, R., and Galetto, L. 2015. Forest fragmentation in the Argentine Chaco: recruitment and population patterns of dominant tree species. Plant Ecol. 216(11):1499-1510.

Tortato, F.R., Layme, V.M.G., Crawshaw, P.G., and Izzo, T.J. 2015. The impact of herd composition and foraging area on livestock predation by big cats in the Pantanal of Brazil. Anim. Conserv. 18(6):539-547.

Trovó, M., and Sano, P.T. 2015. Shedding light on a species from the shadows: the case of Paepalanthus macaheensis (Eriocaulaceae). Phytotaxa 230(3):250-258.

Turgeon, J., Reid, S.M., Bourret, A., Pratt, T.C., Reist, J.D., Muir, A.M., and Howland, K.L. 2016. Morphological and genetic variation in Cisco (Coregonus artedi) and Shortjaw Cisco (C. zenithicus): multiple origins of Shortjaw Cisco in inland lakes require a lake-specific conservation approach. Conserv. Genet. 17(1):45-56.

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Warchola, N., Bastianelli, C., Schultz, C.B., and Crone, E.E. 2015. Fire increases ant-tending and survival of the Fender's blue butterfly larvae. J. Insect Conserv. 19(6):1063-1073.

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Wilson, J.F., Baker, D., Cook, M., Davis, G., Freestone, R., Gardner, D., Grundy, D., Lowe, N., Orridge, S., and Young, H. 2015. Climate association with fluctuation in annual abundance of fifty widely distributed moths in England and Wales: a citizen-science study. J. Insect Conserv. 19(5):935-946.

Woolaver, L.G., Nichols, R.K., Morton, E.S., and Stutchbury, B.J.M. 2015. Breeding ecology and predictors of nest success in the Critically Endangered Ridgway's Hawk Buteo ridgwayi. Bird Conserv. Int. 25(4):385-398.

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Xiong, W., Sui, X.Y., Liang, S.H., and Chen, Y.F. 2015. Non-native freshwater fish species in China. Rev. Fish Biol. Fisher. 25(4):651-687.

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Young, M., and Carr, M.H. 2015. Application of species distribution models to explain and predict the distribution, abundance and assemblage structure of nearshore temperate reef fishes. Divers. Distrib. 21(12):1428-1440.

Zakkak, S., Radovic, A., Nikolov, S.C., Shumka, S., Kakalis, L., and Kati, V. 2015. Assessing the effect of agricultural land abandonment on bird communities in southern-eastern Europe. J. Environ. Manage. 164:171-179.

Zavodna, M., Abdelkrim, J., Pellissier, V., and Machon, N. 2015. A long-term genetic study reveals complex population dynamics of multiple-source plant reintroductions. Biol. Conserv. 192:1-9.

Zhang, B.Q., He, C.S., Burnham, M., and Zhang, L.H. 2016. Evaluating the coupling effects of climate aridity and vegetation restoration on soil erosion over the Loess Plateau in China. Sci. Total Environ. 539:436-449.

Zhang, J., Nielsen, S.E., Stolar, J., Chen, Y.H., and Thuiller, W. 2015. Gains and losses of plant species and phylogenetic diversity for a northern high-latitude region. Divers. Distrib. 21(12):1441-1454.

Zhang, S.B., Chen, W.Y., Huang, J.L., Bi, Y.F., and Yang, X.F. 2015. Orchid species richness along elevational and environmental gradients in Yunnan, China. PLoS ONE 10(11):e0142621.

Zhang, Y., Ding, S., Bentsen, C.N., Ma, S.Q., Jia, X.B., and Meng, W. 2015. Differences in stream fish assemblages subjected to different levels of anthropogenic pressure in the Taizi River catchment, China. Ichthyol. Res. 62(4):450-462.

Zhang, Y., Jia, Q., Prins, H.H.T., Cao, L., and de Boer, W.F. 2015. Effect of conservation efforts and ecological variables on waterbird population sizes in wetlands of the Yangtze River. Sci. Rep. 5:17136.

Zhang, Z.J., He, J.S., Li, J.S., and Tang, Z.Y. 2015. Distribution and conservation of threatened plants in China. Biol. Conserv. 192:454-460.

Zhao, D.P., and Feng, P.S. 2015. Temperature increase impacts personality traits in aquatic non-native species: Implications for biological invasion under climate change. Curr. Zool. 61(6):966-971.

Zhivotovsky, L.A., Teterina, A.A., Mukhina, N.V., Stroganov, A.N., Rubtsova, G.A., and Afanasiev, K.I. 2016. Effects of genetic drift in a small population of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua kildinensis Derjugin) landlocked in a meromictic lake: genetic variation and conservation measures. Conserv. Genet. 17(1):229-238.

Zhu, D.H., Wang, P., Zhang, W.Z., Yuan, Y., Li, B., and Wang, J. 2015. Sampling and complementarity effects of plant diversity on resource use increases the invasion resistance of communities. PLoS ONE 10(11):e0141559.

Zilverberg, C.J., Teoh, K., Boe, A., Johnson, W.C., and Owens, V. 2016. Strategic use of native species on environmental gradients increases diversity and biomass relative to switchgrass monocultures. Agricult. Ecosyst. & Environ. 215:110-121.

Zimmerman, M., Oddy, D., Stolen, E., Breininger, D., and Pruett, C.L. 2015. Microspatial sampling reveals cryptic influences on gene flow in a threatened mammal. Conserv. Genet. 16(6):1403-1414.

Zou, Y., Sang, W.G., and Axmacher, J.C. 2015. Resilience of insect assemblages to climate change in mature temperate mountain forests of NE China. J. Insect Conserv. 19(6):1163-1172.

Zozaya, S.M., Alford, R.A., and Schwarzkopf, L. 2015. Invasive house geckos are more willing to use artificial lights than are native geckos. Austral Ecol. 40(8):982-987.

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