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Katarina Lindgren, Dag Lindgren

Germinability of Norway spruce and Scots pine pollen exposed to open air.

Lindgren K., Lindgren D. (1996). Germinability of Norway spruce and Scots pine pollen exposed to open air. Silva Fennica vol. 30 no. 1 article id 5571. https://doi.org/10.14214/sf.a9216

Abstract

Germination of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) H. Karst.) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) pollen decreased during exposure to open air conditions. Usually more than half of the pollen remained germinative after a few days outdoors, but following more than four days outdoors the germination became very low. This study supports the opinion that pollen in the atmosphere remains viable long enough to allow for long-distance gene flow by pollen migration, as an important factor in genetic management of conifers and in evolution, maintaining diversity and potential for adaptation.

Keywords
Picea abies; Pinus sylvestris; pollen; gene flow; conifer pollen; pollen viability

Published in 1996

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