Biodiv Sci ›› 2004, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (2): 269-273.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2004032

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The genetic diversity of the endangered plant Abies yuanbaoshanensis

WANG Yan1, TANG Shao-Qing1*, LI Xian-Kun2   

  1. 1 Department of Biology,Guangxi Normal University,Guilin 541004
    2 Guangxi Institute of Botany,Guangxi Zhuang Autonmous Region and Chinese Academy of Sciences,Guilin 541006
  • Received:2003-06-12 Revised:2003-09-10 Online:2004-03-20 Published:2004-03-20
  • Contact: TANG Shao-Qing

Abstract: Abies yuanbaoshanensis (Pinaceae) is an endangered species endemic to Yuanbaoshan Mountain, Guangxi, China. Genetic diversity in 43 individuals of the speices was assessed using the amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLP) technique. Four primer combinations generated a total of 261 bands, of which 133 were polymorphic (50.96%). The Nei′s gene diversity of the population was 0.1510, and Shannon′s information index was 0.1735. The results indicate that Abies yuanbaoshanensis has a low level of genetic diversity. This finding provides valuable information for formulating future conservation programs for the species.