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Using genetic tools in western aspen ecology, conservation, and management.
Karen Mock, Utah State University, Logan, UT, and Carol Rowe, Utah State University, Logan, UT
In recent years, a broad range of new genetic tools have become available for use in aspen and other Populus species. These tools are allowing us to answer important questions about clonal dynamics, mutation accumulation, the frequency and geography of sexual reproduction, and assessment of genetic diversity in aspen stands. Our laboratory is involved in rangewide and regional phylogeographic studies in aspen (Populus tremuloides) as well as two smaller-scale studies of local genetic variation. The scope and status of these projects will be discussed, along with preliminary results.