What the reasons for no inbreeding and high genetic diversity of the neotropical fig tree Ficus arpazusa ?
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- Nazareno, A.G. & de Carvalho, D. Conserv Genet (2009) 10: 1789. doi:10.1007/s10592-008-9776-x
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Ficus arpazusa Casaretto is a fig tree native to the Atlantic Rain Forest sensu lato. High levels of genetic diversity and no inbreeding were observed in Ficus arpazusa. This genetic pattern is due to the action of its pollinator, Pegoscapus sp., which disperses pollen an estimated distance of 5.6 km, and of Ficus arpazusa’s mating system which, in the study area, is allogamous. This study highlights the importance of adding both ecological and genetic data into population studies, allowing a better understanding of evolutionary processes and in turn increasing the efficacy of forest management and revegetation projects, as well as species conservation.