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Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology

Print version ISSN 1516-8913On-line version ISSN 1678-4324

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GOULART, Maíra Figueiredo; RIBEIRO, Sérvio Pontes  and  LOVATO, Maria Bernadete. Genetic, morphological and spatial characterization of two populations of Mabea fistulifera Mart. (Euphorbiaceae), in different successional stages. Braz. arch. biol. technol. [online]. 2005, vol.48, n.2, pp.275-284. ISSN 1516-8913.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-89132005000200015.

Two populations of Mabea fistulifera (Euphorbiaceae) located at Rio Doce State Park (Minas Gerais, Brazil) in places characterized as in different successional stages, were investigated through genetic and ecological traits. Twenty randomly chosen individuals from each population had its genetic data assessed by 43 RAPD markers and were also evaluated through five morphologic traits and its spatial distribution. Both Shannon's index and AMOVA reveled that most of the genetic variation was found between individuals within populations and about 9% of variation was located between populations. Moreover, populations differed genetically, but presented similar values of genetic diversity. Morphologic data showed differences between populations. Significant correlations among matrix of genetic, geographic and morphologic distances were obtained considering both populations, and spatially closer individuals were more similar genetically, characterizing genetic substructured populations.

Keywords : Mabea fistulifera; genetic diversity; RAPD; tree architecture; spatial distribution; successional gradient.

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