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Genetically-informed seed transfer zones for Cleome lutea and Machaeranthera canescens across the Colorado Plateau and adjacent regions

December 11, 2020

Genetically-based seed transfer zones are described herein for two priority restoration species on and adjacent to the Colorado Plateau (Massatti 2020). Species include Cleome lutea Hook. (Capparaceae; commonly called yellow spiderflower or yellow beeplant; synonym Peritoma lutea (Hook.) Raf.) and Machaeranthera canescens (Pursh) A. Gray (Asteraceae; commonly called hoary tansyaster; synonym Dieteria canescens (Pursh) Nutt.). The seed transfer zones depict both evolutionary lineages and inferences of adaptation as discerned from molecular investigations. These shapefile data may support successful restoration outcomes if, for example, seed transfer follows seed transfer zones depicted herein and/or composite seed strategies for native plant materials development utilize seed transfer zones when determining which seed accessions may be combined. The ultimate goal of these seed transfer zones is to protect species’ natural patterns of genetic variation – genetic diversity is increasingly recognized a unit of conservation concern (Hoban et al. 2013) – and to understand species' adaptations to regional environmental gradients. Development of these seed transfer zones was funded by CPNPP, which was established, in part, to evaluate and develop native plant materials for important grass and forb species adapted to the unique ecological conditions of the Colorado Plateau (Wood et al. 2015). Each species’ shapefile data available in Massatti (2020) are described in turn.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2020
Title Genetically-informed seed transfer zones for Cleome lutea and Machaeranthera canescens across the Colorado Plateau and adjacent regions
DOI
Authors Robert Massatti
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
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Index ID 70216889
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southwest Biological Science Center