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Overview on Forest Genetic Monitoring (FGM) Including Case Studies on FGM for Two Species from Greece

  • Filippos A. Aravanopoulos
  • Paraskevi G. Alizoti
  • Nikolaos Tourvas
  • Ermioni Malliarou
  • Evangelia V. Avramidou
  • Ino-Vasileia Korompoki
  • Vasiliki-Maria Kotina
  • Evangelos Barbas
  • Anna-Maria Farsakoglou
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Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 65)

Abstract

Forest tree genetic monitoring and conservation are of the utmost significance for the persistence of natural forests. Genetic conservation aspires to guard and maintain genetic diversity which is crucial for safeguarding species adaptive potential. Genetic monitoring is the quantification of time-based alterations in population genetic structure and diversity which expose processes that preserve genetic variation in nature, pioneering prognosis and assisting in defining instruments for forest genetic resource management. Genetic monitoring is founded on the geneecological approach and therefore the proposed indicators are linked to the evaluation of genetic variation, genetic drift, gene flow, mating systems and natural selection. The development of genetic baseline data for the application of genetic monitoring in forest conservation areas in Greece is presented as a case study.

Keywords

Conservation genetics Genetic monitoring Forest trees Abies Fagus Greece 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Partial assistance from the European Union LIFE+ Project “LIFE for European Forest Genetic Monitoring System” is gratefully acknowledged.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filippos A. Aravanopoulos
    • 1
  • Paraskevi G. Alizoti
    • 1
  • Nikolaos Tourvas
    • 2
  • Ermioni Malliarou
    • 2
  • Evangelia V. Avramidou
    • 3
  • Ino-Vasileia Korompoki
    • 2
  • Vasiliki-Maria Kotina
    • 2
  • Evangelos Barbas
    • 2
  • Anna-Maria Farsakoglou
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Forestry and Natural EnvironmentAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural EnvironmentAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Laboratory of Silviculture, Forest Genetics and BiotechnologyInstitute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems and Forest Products TechnologyAthensGreece

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