|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2000|
|Authors:||G. Muir, Fleming, C. C., Schl|
The two widespread species of oak tree in Europe, Quercus robur L. and Q. petraea (Matt.) Liebl., hybridize extensively, calling their taxonomic status into question. Here we use microsatellite DNA, a highly informative genetic marker, to show that Q. robur and Q. petraea are discrete taxonomic units despite this intensive hybridization. Furthermore, individual oaks can be assigned to separate species.