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The possible origin of Zostera noltii in the Canary Islands and guidelines for restoration
Diekmann, O.E.; Gouveia, L.; Perez, J.A.; Gil-Rodriguez, C.; Serrão, E.A. (2010). The possible origin of Zostera noltii in the Canary Islands and guidelines for restoration. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 157(9): 2109-2115. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-010-1467-8
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Diekmann, O.E.
  • Gouveia, L.
  • Perez, J.A.
  • Gil-Rodriguez, C.
  • Serrão, E.A.

Abstract
    Seagrasses and their habitat are declining worldwide. Zostera noltii in the Canary Islands has been drastically reduced, mainly by anthropogenic disturbance, to three small surviving patches in a single harbor in Lanzarote. A previous genetic study, using neutral microsatellite markers, revealed that these patches consist of a single clonal individual. Here, an assignment test, using microsatellite data, was used to locate the most likely population of origin from a set of possible donor populations. Our results show that the Moulay Bousselham population in northern Morocco is assigned as the most likely population of origin (88%), although the probability of being at one generation time distance is low (2.7%). This result, however, allows locating the most closely related stands that may be the most successful donor populations for future restoration based on shoot or seed transplantation.

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