Quick Search:

uzh logo
Browse by:

Zurich Open Repository and Archive

Maintenance: Tuesday, July the 26th 2016, 07:00-10:00

ZORA's new graphical user interface will be relaunched (For further infos watch out slideshow ZORA: Neues Look & Feel). There will be short interrupts on ZORA Service between 07:00am and 10:00 am. Please be patient.

Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-31139

Alvarez, N; Thiel-Egenter, C; Tribsch, A; Holderegger, R; Manel, S; Schönswetter, P; Taberlet, P; Brodbeck, S; Gaudeul, M; Gielly, L; Küpfer, P; Mansion, G; Negrini, R; Paun, O; Pellecchia, M; Rioux, D; Schüpfer, F; Van Loo, M; Winkler, M; Gugerli, F (2009). History or ecology? Substrate type as a major driver of spatial genetic structure in Alpine plants. Ecology Letters, 12(7):632-640.

[img] PDF - Registered users only
View at publisher


Climatic history and ecology are considered the most important factors moulding the spatial pattern of genetic diversity. With the advent of molecular markers, species' historical fates have been widely explored. However, it has remained speculative what role ecological factors have played in shaping spatial genetic structures within species. With an unprecedented, dense large-scale sampling and genome-screening, we tested how ecological factors have influenced the spatial genetic structures in Alpine plants. Here, we show that species growing on similar substrate types, largely determined by the nature of bedrock, displayed highly congruent spatial genetic structures. As the heterogeneous and disjunctive distribution of bedrock types in the Alps, decisive for refugial survival during the ice ages, is temporally stable, concerted post-glacial migration routes emerged. Our multispecies study demonstrates the relevance of particular ecological factors in shaping genetic patterns, which should be considered when modelling species projective distributions under climate change scenarios.


85 citations in Web of Science®
87 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™



1 download since deposited on 21 Feb 2010
0 downloads since 12 months

Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Other titles:
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Systematic Botany and Botanical Gardens
Dewey Decimal Classification:580 Plants (Botany)
Deposited On:21 Feb 2010 08:46
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:57
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01312.x
PubMed ID:19392716

Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item

Repository Staff Only: item control page