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Dipteryx alata Vogel (Fabaceae) a neotropical tree with high level of selfing: implication for conservation and breeding programs

Evandro Vagner Tambarussi, Alexandre M. Sebbenn , Alessandro Alves-Pereira, Roland Vencovsky, Jose Cambuim, Alexandre da Silva, Marcela Moraes, Mario L.T. de Moraes

Evandro Vagner Tambarussi
Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oes-te, Departamento de Engenharia Florestal, PR 153, Km 7, 84500-000, Irati, PR, Brazil & Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência Florestal, Faculdade de Ciências Agronômicas, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Rua José Barbosa de Barros, 1780, Portaria II: Rodovia Alcides Soares, Km 3, 18610-307, Botu-catu, SP, Brazil
Alexandre M. Sebbenn
Instituto Florestal de São Paulo, CP 1322, São Paulo, SP, 01059-970, Brazil & Programa de Pós-Graduação em Agronomia, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Av. Brasil Centro 56, CP 31, Ilha Solteira, SP, 15385-000, Brazil. Email: alexandresebbenn@yahoo.com.br
Alessandro Alves-Pereira
Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz”, Av. Pádua Dias, 11, PO Box 9, 13418-090, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil
Roland Vencovsky
Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz”, Av. Pádua Dias, 11, PO Box 9, 13418-090, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil
Jose Cambuim
Faculdade de Engenharia de Ilha Solteira, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Av. Brasil Centro 56, CP 31, Ilha Solteira, SP, 15385-000, Brazil
Alexandre da Silva
Faculdade de Engenharia de Ilha Solteira, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Av. Brasil Centro 56, CP 31, Ilha Solteira, SP, 15385-000, Brazil
Marcela Moraes
Faculdade de Engenharia de Ilha Solteira, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Av. Brasil Centro 56, CP 31, Ilha Solteira, SP, 15385-000, Brazil
Mario L.T. de Moraes
Faculdade de Engenharia de Ilha Solteira, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Av. Brasil Centro 56, CP 31, Ilha Solteira, SP, 15385-000, Brazil

Online First: September 15, 2017
Tambarussi, E., Sebbenn, A., Alves-Pereira, A., Vencovsky, R., Cambuim, J., da Silva, A., Moraes, M., de Moraes, M. 2017. Dipteryx alata Vogel (Fabaceae) a neotropical tree with high level of selfing: implication for conservation and breeding programs. Annals of Forest Research DOI:10.15287/afr.2017.842


Dipteryx alata (Fabaceae) is a threatened tropical tree of the Brazilian Savanna. Due to deforestation of its biome, many individuals and populations are now spatially isolated in forest fragments, pastures, and along roads. Plans for in situ and ex situ conservation of the species are urgently needed. To support conservation, the mating system and pollen dispersal patterns must be better understood as they determine the levels of genetic diversity, inbreeding, and effective size of seed generations. Microsatellite were used to investigated the mating system, pollen dispersal, genetic diversity, spatial genetic structure (SGS), and inbreeding in isolated trees in pastures and along roads from two populations with different densities in the Brazilian Savanna. Our aim is to determine the potential of these trees to contribute to seed collection for genetic conservation. We found that the species presents a mixed mating system, strong individual variation in outcrossing rate (0.01-1.0), and non-random mating. Low population density resulted in lower levels of outcrossing (tm = 0.45) and mating among relatives (tm - ts = 0.12), but longer pollen dispersal distances (δ = 6,572 m) than in the higher density populations (tm = 0.90, tm - ts = 0.26, δ = 1,395 m). Mating among relatives was explained by SGS detected in the populations, associated with near-neighbor pollinator foraging behavior. Correlated mating indicates that a low effective number of pollen donors (1.5-10.3) fertilized the trees. Thus, open-pollinated seedling families present mixtures of different levels of relatedness and inbreeding. Our results are discussed in light of strategies for in and ex situ conservation.

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