Conservation Genetics

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Genetic diversity and ecological differentiation in the endangered fen orchid (Liparis loeselii)

  • Yohan PillonEmail author
  • Faridah Qamaruz-Zaman
  • Michael F. Fay
  • Frédéric Hendoux
  • Yves Piquot


Liparis loeselii is a rare and endangered orchid occurring in Europe and north-east America. Genetic diversity and structure of this species in north-west France and the United Kingdom were investigated using amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLPs). Although clonality and autogamy are common in L. loeselii, we found moderate to important variability within populations. We observed a significant genetic differentiation between populations occurring in dune slacks and fens. This may be correlated with leaf shape as dune slack individuals are sometimes treated as the distinct variety L. loeselii var. ovata. Genetic differentiation between populations was generally low suggesting that gene flow can occur over long distances and possibly across the English Channel. These results show that populations from dune slacks and fens should be managed separately and that geographically distant populations may be equivalent.


Liparis loeselii Conservation genetics AFLP Clonality Autogamy 



This work was partly funded by the operational programme for the Franco-British area of cross-border co-operation interreg III A. The authors wish to thank Adeline Courseaux, Cécile Godé, Glenda Willems, Pierre Saumitou-Laprade and Robyn Cowan for help and advice in the laboratory. Jean-François Arnaud, Stéphane Fénart, Maxime Pauwels and Xavier Vekemans also provided valuable help with data analyses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yohan Pillon
    • 1
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • Faridah Qamaruz-Zaman
    • 2
    • 6
  • Michael F. Fay
    • 2
  • Frédéric Hendoux
    • 3
  • Yves Piquot
    • 1
  1. 1.G.E.P.V.: Laboratoire de Génétique et Evolution des Populations Végétales, Bâtiment SN2Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille 1Villeneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance
  2. 2.Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic GardensKew, Richmond, SurreyUK
  3. 3.Conservatoire Botanique National de BailleulBailleulFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire de Botanique, Institut de Recherche pour le DéveloppementNouméaNew Caledonia
  5. 5.Laboratoire de Biologie et Physiologie Végétales AppliquéesUniversité de la Nouvelle-CalédonieNouméaNew Caledonia
  6. 6.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceUniversiti Putra MalaysiaSerdang, SelangorMalaysia

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