Population history of the terrestrial orchid Cremastra appendiculata var. variabilis from Korea, inferred from levels and distribution of genetic diversity

Mi Yoon Chung, Jordi López-Pujol, Myung Ok Moon, Masayuki Maki, Tomohisa Yukawa, Naoto Sugiura, Myong Gi Chung

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Abstract

Cremastra appendiculata var. variabilis is a self-compatible, insect-pollinated, terrestrial orchid that is a typical member of the warm-temperate vegetation in the Korean Peninsula. Here we examine levels and partitioning of allozyme diversity (22 loci) in 12 populations of this orchid to gain insight into its genetic structure and post-glacial colonization history in Korea. It harboured considerably higher levels of genetic variation within populations (%P=48.1, A=1.70 and He=0.217) and lower degree of differentiation among populations (FST=0.068) than those typical of allozyme-based studies in other terrestrial orchid species. These patterns suggest that extant populations were derived from multiple source populations (i.e. from multiple glacial refugia), although further studies are needed to confirm this scenario. In addition to population history, traits such as high potential of seed dispersal, a mixed mating system and its occurrence in large and continuous populations would have contributed to the current levels and distribution of genetic diversity in Korean populations of C.appendiculata var. variabilis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-732
Number of pages12
JournalBotanical Journal of the Linnean Society
Volume173
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1

Keywords

  • Allozymes
  • Glacial refugium
  • Warm-temperate vegetation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science

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