Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 62, Issue 2, pp 265–273 | Cite as

Distribution and ecological diversity of Aegilops L. in the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Regions of Azerbaijan

  • Mahammad Eldarov
  • Naib Aminov
  • Michiel van Slageren
Research Article


Expeditions were conducted in the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Regions of Azerbaijan in June–July, 2013. A total of 50 Aegilops L. accessions representing eight (two diploid and six tetraploid) species were collected in the 30 locations of the explored regions, and the eco-geographical characteristics of collection sites were recorded. Plant and germplasm collections were made by following established practice, and descriptors were compiled. Exploration on the right side the Girdman River near the village of Padar in the region of Greater Caucasus resulted in samples of Ae. umbellulata Zhuk. with different spike colours. The rarest species in the studied area were Ae. kotschyi Boiss., Ae. neglecta Req. ex Bertol. and Ae. columnaris Zhuk. The most widely distributed species among the diploid species was Ae. tauschii Coss., and among the tetraploid species were Ae. cylindrica Host, Ae. biuncialis Vis. and Ae. triuncialis L. The distribution and environmental condition data of Aegilops L. species in Azerbaijan will provide valuable information for the future collection, conservation and the genetic resource management for this region of Azerbaijan.


Aegilops Diversity Eco-botanical Species–environment relationship 



The first author is grateful for the reception of an Erasmus Mundus (ALRAKIS II) Scholarship and for the opportunity to work at the University of Göttingen, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Dr Markus Hauck and Dr Choimaa Dulamsuren.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahammad Eldarov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Naib Aminov
    • 1
  • Michiel van Slageren
    • 3
  1. 1.Genetic Resources Institute of the ANASBakuAzerbaijan
  2. 2.Albrecht-von-Haller Institute for Plant Sciences, Plant Ecology and Ecosystem ResearchUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  3. 3.Millennium Seed Bank PartnershipRoyal Botanic GardensWest SussexUK

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