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Forest genetics: pattern and complexity

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The study of gene effects requires both reductionist and integrationist approaches to discern even simple effects as well as the multiple effects of single genes and the effects of multiple genes on phenotypes. Evolutionary genetics also requires use of both approaches to discern the mixed patterns of genotypic distributions that we observe in forest tree species. While this evolutionary dynamic does not necessarily generate a stable system, it has generally provided a diversity that can be used to design efficient breeding and conservation programs. The management of such programs, however, also requires us to develop a conservation ethic.

L'étude des effets des gènes requiert à la fois des approches réductionniste et intégrative afin de discerner même les effets simples aussi bien que les effets multiples de gènes individuels et les effets de gènes multiples sur le phénotype. La génétique évolutive s'appuie également sur ces deux approches afin de discerner les patrons mixtes de distribution des génotypes observés chez les espèces d'arbre forestier. Même si cette dynamique évolutive n'engendre pas nécessairement un système stable, elle a généralement fourni une diversité pouvant être employée pour élaborer des programmes efficaces de croisement et de conservation. Toutefois, la gestion de ces programmes requiert également le développement d'une éthique de la conservation.[Traduit par la Rédaction]

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2001

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