Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 533–546 | Cite as

Conservation strategies and management guidelines for wild Prunus genetic resources in Andalusia, Spain

  • Jose Luis Vivero
  • J. Esteban Hernández-Bermejo
  • Josefa Prados Ligero


Six species of the genus Prunus occur inAndalusia. Matters regarding their ecology, ethnobotanical aspectsand conservation are discussed, as well as knowledge about thegermplasm of those species with greater economic importance and theirdegree of conservation, namely: P.avium, P.mahaleb and P.insititia. Various conservation measures areproposed for wild germplasm and for the germplasm of local varieties:a) conservation efforts should target the best populations,except in the case of P.avium and P.insititia, where every individual should beaddressed, including both wild and local cultivars; b) theDehesa del Camarate (Sierra Nevada) is proposed as an areafor in situ germplasm conservation; c) theawareness of the importance of Prunus germplasmshould be increased among forest workers, environmental managers andthe public; d) some silvicultural techniques are proposed, suchas mixed Prunus patches, hedge treatment,Z-tree selection at the early stages and the protection ofroot suckers; e) improved, selected P.avium and P.mahaleb germplasm should be used at highlyproductive sites since these two species can be cultivated as highvalue timber trees; f) some Prunus speciescan also provide profitable NTFPs in the region. Details regardingdifferent collection areas are covered. Finally, some topics arerecommended for scientific research. Three tables and a distributionmap of Prunus species in Andalusia areincluded.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jose Luis Vivero
    • 1
  • J. Esteban Hernández-Bermejo
    • 1
  • Josefa Prados Ligero
    • 1
  1. 1.The Botanic Garden of CórdobaCórdobaSpain

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