Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 140, Issue 2–3, pp 109–117

The possible polyphyletic origin of copper tolerance inAgrostis tenuis (Gramineae)

  • Michael K. Nicholls
  • Thomas McNeilly


The effect of increased copper concentration in solution on the rooting of seven copper tolerant populations ofAgrostis tenuis has been examined using the regression technique ofFinlay &Wilkinson (1963). Three types of response to increased copper concentration have been detected, and it is suggested that these reflect a different genetic control of copper tolerance in different populations.

Key Words

Angiosperms Gramineae (Poaceae) Agrostis tenuis.—Evolution Copper tolerance genotype-environment interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael K. Nicholls
    • 1
  • Thomas McNeilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Trinity and All Saints CollegeLeedsEngland, UK
  2. 2.Botany DepartmentUniversity of LiverpoolEnglandUK

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