Spatial genetic structure in disturbed populations of Quercus acutissima (Fagaceae)

M. Y. Chung, M. G. Chung, E. R. Myers, J. M. Chung, K. J. Kim, C. W. Park, B. Y. Sun, J. H. Pak

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Quercus acutissima is a large deciduous tree of hillsides ranging from South Korea to Japan. It occurs in many plant communities, often as a pioneer species in monospecific stands which colonized gaps after gap formation. This study used multilocus allozyme genotypes mapped from two disturbed populations near farm houses in southern Korea to compare our results with previous studies conducted on undisturbed populations of trees in southern Korea. Coancestry measures (fij), RIPLEY'S L-statistics, and WRIGHT'S F-statistics were then calculated to examine the distribution of individuals and spatial genetic structure both within and between populations. RIPLEY'S L-statistics indicated significant aggregation of individuals at interplant distances. A weak but significant positive fine-scale genetic structure at 10 m distance was detected in the two disturbed populations, which is consistent with the structure found in an inland, disturbed population in southern Korea. Estimates of near-distance fij in the two populations (0.020 and 0.036) were considerably lower than that expected for half-sibs (0.125) under random mating, suggesting secondary seed dispersal and substantial overlap of seed shadows. The levels of genetic diversity within the two disturbed populations of Q. acutissima were found to be comparable to the within-mean for populations of other oak species. Significant deficits of heterozygosity were detected in both populations, probably due to several parent-offspring and sib matings. Finally, a significant but low differentiation between the two disturbed populations of Q. acutissima was found, which is likely to be attributable to long-distance pollen movement by wind, which should enhance homogeneity of allele frequencies between adjacent local oak populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-211
Number of pages6
JournalSilvae Genetica
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Allozymes
  • Disturbance
  • Fagaceae
  • Quercus acutissima
  • Spatial genetic structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Genetics


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