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Networking sampling of Araucaria araucana (Mol.) K. Koch in Chile and the bordering zone of Argentina: implications for the genetic resources and the sustainable management

F Drake (1), MA Martín (2)   , MA Herrera (3), JR Molina (3), F Drake-Martin (4), LM Martín (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 2, Issue 6, Pages 207-212 (2009)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0524-002
Published: Dec 22, 2009 - Copyright © 2009 SISEF

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Collection/Special Issue: EFI 2008 Annual Conference Week - Orvieto (Italy)
Adaptation of Forest Landscape to Environmental Changes
Guest Editors: Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza (CRA - Rome, Italy)

Araucaria araucana, a southern South American tree species, is considered a representative symbol of Chilean forest biodiversity due to its endemicity and longevity. An expedition to Chile and its border zone with Argentina was carried out with the aim of determining the current state of this species and to establish a tree network to study its genetic variability. Eight locations were selected across the range of distribution of the species and several experimental plots were established based on the heterogeneity within each location. Field trips revealed a high fragmentation in Araucaria forests showing low or non-existent regeneration in most of its distribution area. Experimental plots allowed the identification of severely altered areas. Moreover, 371 trees were catalogued, 193 males and 178 females. The tree network established will be very useful in future evaluations of both the ecological status of the species and its genetic resources, allowing the development of conservation strategies.


Araucaria araucana, Biodiversity, Ecological attributes, Genetic resources

Authors’ address

F Drake
Departamento de Manejo de Bosques y Medioambiente, Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad de Concepción, Casilla 160-C, Concepción (Chile)
MA Martín
LM Martín
Departamento de Genética, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos y de Montes, Edificio Gregor Mendel, Campus de Rabanales, Universidad de Córdoba, ES-14071 Córdoba (Spain)
MA Herrera
JR Molina
Departamento de Ingeniería Forestal, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos y de Montes, Edificio Leonardo Da Vinci, Universidad de Córdoba, ES-14071 Córdoba (Spain)
F Drake-Martin
Private Company, León Gallo 0548, Temuco (Chile)

Corresponding author

MA Martín


Drake F, Martín MA, Herrera MA, Molina JR, Drake-Martin F, Martín LM (2009). Networking sampling of Araucaria araucana (Mol.) K. Koch in Chile and the bordering zone of Argentina: implications for the genetic resources and the sustainable management. iForest 2: 207-212. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0524-002

Academic Editor

Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Apr 08, 2009
Accepted: Nov 09, 2009

First online: Dec 22, 2009
Publication Date: Dec 22, 2009
Publication Time: 1.43 months

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