Gene flow inAgrostis tenuis (Poaceae)
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- Karataglis, S.S. Pl Syst Evol (1980) 134: 23. doi:10.1007/BF00985029
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The copper tolerance of both adult plants and their seedlings, ofAgrostis tenuis from sites within and outside, but neighbouring the Parys Mountain mine (North Wales) were studied. Intensive sampling was carried out along a line starting from the mine boundaries to a distance of five miles away in the direction of the prevailing wind, and of two miles in an upwind direction. The test have shown that mine populations are very tolerant. In outside populations on soils with reduced of very low copper content the mean tolerance level of the seedlings is considerably higher than that of corresponding adult plants, while both show a gradual decrease in tolerance with distance from the mine. The gene flow moves in the direction of the prevailing wind transfering tolerant characters from the mine to the normal populations. The selective pressures on the toxic soil of the mine are quite strong and permit ± tolerant plants only, while on normal soils these pressures are not so severe, so that populations may be rather heterogenous regarding their tolerance towards copper.