Genetic analysis of North American Phragmites australis guides management approaches

Aquatic Botany
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Phragmites australis subsp. australis is an invasive and ecologically detrimental plant in multiple regions of North America. Its co-occurrence with the native subspecies, and multiple instances of hybridization, has created the need to differentiate Phragmites subspecies or haplotypes so that management can be appropriately targeted to the invader. We compiled a review of current genetic discrimination methods among the three Phragmites subspecies inhabiting the United States and Canada, and discussed how each method can contribute to control of the introduced subspecies while preserving the two endemic subspecies. We also discussed various control tools and the implications of Phragmites genetics for implementation. The Phragmites subspecies endemic to North America have environmental or infrastructure significance (e.g., habitat sustainability, biodiversity, storm surge and erosion protection). Thus, faster and more accurate differentiation among the endemic and introduced subspecies is needed. Additionally, more in-depth genetic information on Phragmites subspecies could support better management decisions, as well as the development of improved control treatments. This review highlights technologies and approaches currently available for genetic identification, recently collected genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic information, and implications for biological control and herbicide treatments.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Genetic analysis of North American Phragmites australis guides management approaches
Series title Aquatic Botany
DOI 10.1016/j.aquabot.2022.103589
Volume 184
Year Published 2023
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 103589, 12 p.
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