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Keywords:

  • conservation genetics;
  • hybridization;
  • invasive species;
  • population genetics

Abstract

Hybridization between butternut (Juglans cinerea), a forest tree native to eastern North America, and Japanese walnut (J. ailantifolia), a tree tolerant to the lethal fungal disease butternut canker, casts doubt on the genetic identity of the remaining butternuts. We report a diagnostic test to distinguish the J. cinerea chloroplast from the J. ailantifolia chloroplast using cleaved amplified polymorphic sequences resolvable in 1.5% agarose gels. J. ailantifolia maternal ancestry in naturally regenerated stands provides a site selection criterion for studies of introgression dynamics when the non-native parent and the hybrids tolerate a disease to which the native species is susceptible.