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International Journal of Forestry ResearchVolume 2010 2010, Article ID 120979, 8 pages

Research Article

Unidade Acadêmica Especializada em Ciências Agrárias, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 59280-000 Macaíba, RN, Brazil

Departamento de Oceanografia e Limnologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 59014-100 Natal, RN, Brazil

Departamento de Engenharia Florestal, Universidade de Brasília, 70919-900 Brasília, DF, Brazil

Departamento de Ciências Florestais, Universidade Federal de Lavras, 37200-000 Lavras, MG, Brazil

Received 6 February 2010; Revised 14 May 2010; Accepted 20 May 2010

Academic Editor: Yousry El-Kassaby

Copyright © 2010 Fábio de Almeida Vieira et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Knowledge of genetic structure at different scales and correlation with the current landscape is fundamental for evaluating the importance of evolutionary processes and identifying conservation units. Here, we used allozyme loci to examine the spatial genetic structure SGS of 230 individuals of Protium spruceanum, a native canopy-emergent in five fragments of Brazilian Atlantic forest 1 to 11.8 ha, and four ecological corridors 460 to 1 000 m length. Wright-s statistic and Mantel tests revealed little evidence of significant genetic structure at the landscape-scale ; , . At fine-scale SGS, low levels of relatedness within fragments and corridors , were observed. Differences in the levels and distribution of the SGS at both spatial scales are discussed in relation to biological and conservation strategies of corridors and forest fragments.

Autor: Fábio de Almeida Vieira, Cristiane Gouvêa Fajardo, Anderson Marcos de Souza, and Dulcinéia de Carvalho



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