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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Wild Plant Sampling Strategies: the Roles of Ecology and Evolution

item Richards, Christopher
item Volk, Gayle

Submitted to: Plant Breeding Reviews
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: November 5, 2005
Publication Date: January 17, 2007
Citation: Lockwood, D.R., C.M. Richards and G.M. Volk. 2007. Wild plant sampling strategies: the roles of ecology and evolution. Plant Breeding Reviews 29:285-313.

Interpretive Summary: This review examines 19 quantitative methods that have been put forward to estimate the number of individuals needed to capture allelic variation from natural populations. Three models are discussed in depth. We review the mathematical derivation of the models and highlight some of their commonalities and limitations. In addition, we review some ecological concepts of dispersal and population subdivision that might influence the efficiency of these models in real world applications.

Technical Abstract: Systematic sampling of genetic variation has become a critical component of ex situ gene banking efforts. This article reviews a broad range of the theoretical models proposed to collect diversity from natural populations. Many of these models have focused on efficiently collecting the most diversity with minimal collection size. We review the quantitative derivation and population genetic assumptions behind the models and provide additional ecological concepts that might influence how these models perform.

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