A University of Colorado Denver-led research team for the first time developed reliable genetic markers known as nuclear microsatellites for the whitebark pine, a discovery that could improve the tree’s prospects for survival. The whitebark pine is declining rapidly nearly range-wide as a result of climate change, which is why it is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
According to a research article published in the academic journal PLOS ONE, “Development of nuclear microsatellite loci for Pinus albicaulis Engelm. (Pinaceae), a conifer of conservation concern,” the new genetic markers represent a useful and low-cost method for screening whitebark pine trees for levels of genetic variation...
This is an excerpt from the City Stories article.
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