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Mapping the potential distribution of five species of Passiflora in Andean countries


Geographic location data for 383 accessions of five Passiflora species from five Andean countries (P. cumbalensis, P. mixta, P. tripartita var. mollissima, P. natistipula, and P. manicata) were linked to interpolated continental surfaces of monthly mean rainfall, monthly mean temperature, and monthly mean diurnal temperature range. This permitted us to identify the potential distribution of each species and document its climatic adaptation. Maps are presented showing regions where the climate is similar to that in areas where each species has been found, but from which no collections have yet been made, thus representing possible geographical gaps in collections. Some species showed evidence of intra-specific variation in their climatic adaptation. The study of Passiflora diversity in Andean countries continues and these maps based on passport data are expected to be useful tools for the planning of both ex situ and in situ conservation activities.

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Segura, S., Coppens d'Eeckenbrugge, G., López, L. et al. Mapping the potential distribution of five species of Passiflora in Andean countries. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 50, 555–566 (2003).

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  • Andean countries
  • Climatic adaptation
  • Germplasm collecting
  • GIS
  • Passiflora