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Origins and distribution of invasive Rubus fruticosus L. agg. (Rosaceae) clones in the Western United States


Clark, LV and Evans, KJ and Jasienuik, M, Origins and distribution of invasive Rubus fruticosus L. agg. (Rosaceae) clones in the Western United States, Biological Invasions, 15, (6) pp. 1331-1342. ISSN 1573-1464 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10530-012-0369-8


In facultatively asexual invasive species,an understanding of the origins and diversity of clones can reveal introduction and invasion pathways and inform management efforts. In this study, we use microsatellite and chloroplast DNA markers to infer clonal diversity of the Rubus fruticosus agg. invasion in the Western United States, determine the relationship of these clones to clones found in other exotic ranges, and determine the geographic and genetic origins of the invasive clones. We found two invasive clones in the Western United States, where the invasion had previously been thought to consist of a single asexual lineage. The most common clone was genetically identical to the microspecies R. armeniacus from the native range of Germany, while the second clone was identical to the microspecies R. anglocandicans in the invaded range of Australia and closely related to samples from the native ranges of England and Serbia. A third distinct clone was identified in a collection from the exotic range of Chile. Our results demonstrate that cryptic genetic diversity may be present in asexual invasions that are thought to be homogeneous. However, the asexual relationships between R. fruticosus agg. clones in the native and multiple exotic ranges indicate that preadaptation has played an important role in invasion success in this species aggregate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Introduction historyasexual species,  apomixis, clonal diversity, blackberry, molecular markers
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural production not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Evans, KJ (Associate Professor Katherine Evans)
ID Code:73096
Year Published:2013 (online first 2012)
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2011-09-12
Last Modified:2018-05-04

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