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Shade coffee farms promote genetic diversity of native trees

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Jha, S. & Dick, C.W. "Shade coffee farms promote genetic diversity of native trees," Current Biology, vol. 18, no. 24, pp. R1126-R1128.

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  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
  • University of Michigan Herbarium, 3600 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2287, USA
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, P.O. Box 0843-03092, Balboa Ancón, Republic of Panamá


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Species Info

  • Miconia affinis


  • This article discusses the colonization of native tree species in coffee agroforestry systems that results from the habitat these systems provide for seed dispersers.
  • Genetic markers were used to determine the dispersal history and spatial genetic structure of the understory tree Miconia affinis throughout a series of coffee farms and forest fragments in Chiapas, Mexico.
  • The results of the experiment showed no difference in the genetic diversity of M. affinis between the coffee farms and primary forest.
  • The authors explain the importance of coffee agroforestry systems for maintaining genetic connectivity with adjacent forest and, therefore, for assisting with forest regeneration.


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