Gugerli Felix

Kleinmassstäblicher Zusammenhang zwischen genetischer Diversität und Artenreichtum bei Alpenpflanzen
Small-scale correlation between genetic diversity and species richness in alpine plants

Project Number: CH-2502
Project Type: Master
Project Duration: 07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006 project completed
Funding Source: WSL ,
Project Leader: Dr. Felix Gugerli
Group leader
Ökologische Genetik
Biodiversität und Naturschutzbiologie
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Phone: +41 (0) 44 739 25 90 ; +41 (0) 44 739 21 11
FAX: +41 (0) 44 739 22 15
e-Mail: felix.gugerli(at)

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general biology


Biodiversity may be characterized at three levels, i.e. habitats, species, and genes. Most often, only species richness is considered when describing biodiversity. However, it is genetic variation that reflects the adaptive potential and, thus, the chance for a species to survive in an ever changing environment. Unfortunately, genetic diversity has never been considered when deciding on the delimitation of protected areas or when testing the effectiveness of conservation efforts.
The EU-financed project INTRABIODIV (Tracking surrogates for intraspecific biodiversity: Towards efficient selection strategies for the conservation of natural genetic resources using comparative mapping and modelling approaches) studies the relationship between species richness and genetic diversity of alpine plant species across the Alps and the Carpathians. Furthermore, environmental parameters are searched which best explain these two levels of biodiversity. This information will help to identify criteria relevant in the process of deciding on potentially protected areas which may complement the extant network of protected areas in the Alps and the Carpathians.
The objective of the present work is to test whether the results to be obtained on the large scale (mountain ranges) are representative for relationships on the small scale (down-scaling). Within each of five cells of the INTRABIODIV grid, comprising the Swiss National Park and potential regions for a new national park, the same sampling strategy will be applied in four quadrants. Genetic diversity will be assessed in a selection of flowering plants, using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphisms (AFLPs), while floristic species richness can be derived from existing data.

Leading questions:
  • Besteht eine Korrelation zwischen der Diversität von Alpenpflanzen (Artenreichtum) und der innerartlichen Diversität (genetische Variation)?
  • Verändert sich der Zusammenhang der beiden Biodiversitätsstufen in Abhängigkeit von der gewählten räumlichen Skala bzw. der berücksichtigten Stichprobe (Vergleich mit Alpen-weitem Datensatz)?
  • Stellt der Schweizerische Nationalpark einen Biodiversitätshotspot dar, und wenn ja, gilt dies für alle Ebenen der Biodiversität?
  • Weisen die Gebiete mit Projekten für einen neuen Nationalpark eine gegenüber der Umgebung erhöhte Biodiversität auf?

    Weber S 2006: Genetic diversity and differentiation of alpine plant species in Switzerland assessed with amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP). Diplomarbeit WSL Birmensdorf, Institut für systematische Botanik, Universität Zürich. 34 S.
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