Landscape Genomics of Koa Tree (Acacia koa)
Identifying patterns of genetic variation under natural selection by the environment is an important first step towards understanding how plant populations will respond to changing conditions, including projected climate change. Landscape genomics is a powerful approach for identifying adaptive genetic variation because genetic variation can be associated directly with environmental variables. This information is useful for identifying populations at risk as well as populations that may be adaptable in future scenarios, particularly for species of high management interest, such as Acacia koa (koa) in Hawai'i.
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