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Lee, KM, Ranta, P, Saarikivi, J, et al. Using genomic information for management planning of an endangered perennial, Viola uliginosa. Ecol Evol. 2020; 10: 2638– 2649.

Using genomic information for management planning of an endangered perennial, Viola uliginosa

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Author: Lee, Kyung Min1; Ranta, Pertti2; Saarikivi, Jarmo2;
Organizations: 1Ecology and Genetics Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
3Department of Forest Ecology, Slovenian Forestry Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
4Jovan Hadži Institute of Biology, ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, Slovenia
5Department of Botany, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-03-27


Species occupying habitats subjected to frequent natural and/or anthropogenic changes are a challenge for conservation management. We studied one such species, Viola uliginosa, an endangered perennial wetland species typically inhabiting sporadically flooded meadows alongside rivers/lakes. In order to estimate genomic diversity, population structure, and history, we sampled five sites in Finland, three in Estonia, and one each in Slovenia, Belarus, and Poland using genomic SNP data with double‐digest restriction site‐associated DNA sequencing (ddRAD‐seq). We found monophyletic populations, high levels of inbreeding (mean population FSNP = 0.407–0.945), low effective population sizes (Nₑ = 0.8–50.9), indications of past demographic expansion, and rare long‐distance dispersal. Our results are important in implementing conservation strategies for V. uliginosa, which should include founding of seed banks, ex situ cultivations, and reintroductions with individuals of proper origin, combined with continuous population monitoring and habitat management.

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Series: Ecology and evolution
ISSN: 2045-7758
ISSN-E: 2045-7758
ISSN-L: 2045-7758
Volume: 10
Issue: 5
Pages: 2638 - 2649
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6093
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
1184 Genetics, developmental biology, physiology
Funding: This work was financed by University of Oulu to L. Kvist, Academy of Finland (grant number: 277984) to M. Mutanen, and the Kvantum Institute to K.M. Lee.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 277984
Detailed Information: 277984 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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