Species status of hybridizing oaks

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2000
Authors:G. Muir, Fleming, C. C., Schl
Journal:Nature (London)
Date Published:2000

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.

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