Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 134, Issue 3–4, pp 215–228 | Cite as

Selective adaptation to copper of populations ofAgrostis tenuis andFestuca rubra (Poaceae)

  • S. S. Karataglis


Populations ofAgrostis Tenuis andFestuca rubra, tolerant and non-tolerant towards Zn and Pb, were studied in regard to their adaptability by natural selection, towards a third metal (Cu) and the time required for the appearance of such tolerance. It was found that Zn and Pb tolerant and non-tolerant populations are likely to select the character of Cu-tolerance within the course of only one generation. More specifically, Zn and Pb tolerant populations show a better adaptability compared with non-tolerant ones. The amount of tolerance to copper obtained by artificial selection is comparable with that of populations growing naturally on copper mines.

Key words

Poaceae (Gramineae) Agrostis Festuca Tolerance to heavy metals Cu selection rapid adaptability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. S. Karataglis
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  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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