Species integrity in trees

Ortiz-Barrientos, Daniel and Baack, Eric J. (2014) Species integrity in trees. Molecular Ecology, 23 17: 4188-4191. doi:10.1111/mec.12867

Author Ortiz-Barrientos, Daniel
Baack, Eric J.
Title Species integrity in trees
Journal name Molecular Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-1083
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/mec.12867
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 17
Start page 4188
End page 4191
Total pages 4
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Subject 1105 Dentistry
1311 Genetics
Abstract From California sequoia, to Australian eucalyptus, to the outstanding diversity of Amazonian forests, trees are fundamental to many processes in ecology and evolution. Trees define the communities that they inhabit, are host to a multiplicity of other organisms and can determine the ecological dynamics of other plants and animals. Trees are also at the heart of major patterns of biodiversity such as the latitudinal gradient of species diversity and thus are important systems for studying the origin of new plant species. Although the role of trees in community assembly and ecological succession is partially understood, the origin of tree diversity remains largely opaque. For instance, the relative importance of differing habitats and phenologies as barriers to hybridization between closely related species is still largely uncharacterized in trees. Consequently, we know very little about the origin of trees species and their integrity. Similarly, studies on the interplay between speciation and tree community assembly are in their infancy and so are studies on how processes like forest maturation modifies the context in which reproductive isolation evolves. In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Lindtke et al. () and Lagache et al. () overcome some traditional difficulties in studying mating systems and sexual isolation in the iconic oaks and poplars, providing novel insights about the integrity of tree species and on how ecology leads to variation in selection on reproductive isolation over time and space.
Keyword Adaptation
Community ecology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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