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Phytologia (August 2008) 90(2)134 Point of View
 

Summary: Phytologia (August 2008) 90(2)134
Point of View
JUNIPERUS BERMUDIANA: A SPECIES IN CRISIS,
SHOULD IT BE RESCUED FROM INTRODUCED JUNIPERS?
Robert P. Adams
Biology Department, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798, USA
Robert_Adams@baylor.edu
In this issue we (Adams and Wingate, pp. 123-133) have
presented data that show that J. bermudiana is being subjected to
hybridization and likely introgression from Darrell's cedar (J.
virginiana var. silicicola) and Smith's cedar (J. v. var. virginiana).
Because Dr. Wingate and I have differing philosophies on the
conservation of species, we decided to omit conclusions from the
previous paper (Adams and Wingate, pp. 123-133, this issue). Instead,
we are presenting two 'Point of View' to summarize our conclusions.
In 1942 two scale insects were accidentally introduced into
Bermuda with devastating effects on Juniperus bermudiana, endemic
to Bermuda. In an effort to repopulate junipers on Bermuda, two
cultivated junipers were introduced by J. D. C. Darrell in the 1940s
(Darrell's cedar) and Reeve Smith in the 1950s (Smith's cedar) from

  

Source: Adams, Robert P. - Department of Biology, Baylor University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine