Chloroplast haplotype analysis for Scabiosa canescens
Scabiosa canescens (Caprifoliaceae, Dipsacoideae) is a Central European plant mainly growing in xerothermic habitats, such as dry grasslands, dry forest edges and open pine forests. Due to a general decline in the number and size of its populations, it is now considered threatened throughout Germany, which, being at the center of its range, has a special responsibility for the conservation of this species.
In previous studies, populations throughout the species' distributional area have been compared based on three marker regions in the chloroplast genome, and the results juxtaposed with those of a Germany-wide microsatellite analysis. On this basis, further samples will be analysed and integrated into the dataset, and the chloroplast genome of S. canescens characterized.