Using DNA sequence data to enhance understanding and conservation of plant diversity at the species level

Peter Michael Hollingsworth, Linda E. Neaves, Alexander Twyford

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Abstract

Understanding and conserving plant diversity is a pressing global challenge. In this chapter we explore the uses of genetics to enhance understanding of plant species diversity. Specifically we provide an overview of the use of genetic data for discriminating among plant species, ranging from broad-brush DNA barcoding studies to in-depth investigations of closely related species complexes. We highlight the types of data required to provide insights into differing levels of biological complexity and also explore future opportunities for further upscaling the use of genetic data at the species level in plants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlant Conservation Science and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationThe Role of Botanic Gardens
EditorsStephen Blackmore, Sara Oldfield
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages23-48
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781316556726
ISBN (Print)9781316602461, 9781107148147
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2017

Publication series

NameEcology, biodiversity, and conservation
PublisherCambridge University Press

Keywords

  • Plant diversity conservation
  • Conservation biology
  • Botanical gardens

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