Conservation Genomics

  • Elena HidalgoEmail author
  • Santiago C. González-Martínez
  • Christian Lexer
  • Berthold Heinze
Part of the Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models book series (PGG, volume 8)


Conservation of Populus genetic resources can be defined at three levels: conservation of all Populus species, conservation of the variation present within species, and the conservation of the key evolutionary processes that will enhance further evolution of Populus species. In this context, genomics, the study of an organism’ entire genome, can be considered as a powerful tool that would allow us to reach an integrated view of the genetic variation to be conserved. In particular, the application of principles and methodologies of population genomics to Populus hold great potential to answer some of the most relevant questions in poplar, aspen and cottonwood conservation genetics, such as how much functional variation is currently present and how to conserve it. Here, we review recent progress in applied conservation genetics in Populus and we sketch the potential for conservation genomics to transform this field in the very near future.


Quantitative Trait Locus Association Mapping Hybrid Zone Common Garden Conservation Genetic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Hidalgo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Santiago C. González-Martínez
    • 2
    • 3
  • Christian Lexer
    • 4
  • Berthold Heinze
    • 5
  1. 1.Departamento de Producción Vegetal y Recursos ForestalesETS Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de ValladolidPalenciaSpain
  2. 2.Unidad Mixta en “Gestión Forestal Sostenible” UVa-INIAPalenciaSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Sistemas y Recursos ForestalesCIFOR-INIAMadridSpain
  4. 4.Unit of Ecology & Evolution, Department of BiologyUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  5. 5.Department of GeneticsFederal Research Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW)ViennaAustria

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