Leaf surface morphology and molecular data in Quercus (dicots)


Comparative leaf surface morphology and molecular data of five oaks of the subgenus Quercus Oerst (Fagaceae). 

Table of micromorphological characters used including stomata and hair types and numbers. SEM.

by Fortini P., Viscosi V., Maiuro L., Fineschi S., Vendramin G. G. (2009)

P. Fortini a;

V. Viscosi a;

L. Maiuro b;

S. Fineschi c;

G. G. Vendramin d

a Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie per l’Ambiente e il Territorio, Università del Molise, Pesche, Italy

b Dipartimento SAVA, Università del Molise, Campobasso, Italy

c CNR Istituto per la Protezione delle Piante, Firenze, Italy

d CNR Istituto di Genetica Vegetale, Firenze, Italy


Fortini Paola, Università degli Studi del Molise – fortini_paola

Vincenzo ViscosiMinistero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricercavincenzo_viscosi2

Silvia Fineschi, Italian National Research Council silvia_fineschi

Vendramin Giovanni Giuseppe, Italian National Research Council vendramin_giovanni_giuseppe

in Plant Biosystems – An International Journal Dealing with all Aspects of Plant Biology-DOI: 10.1080/11263500902722980 –


Comparisons between different data sets are important in taxonomic studies, particularly for complex taxa such as the genus Quercus. However, there is scarce literature on comparative morphological and molecular analyses in oaks.
Here we describe an experimental approach based on the correlation between micromorphological features and molecular data in order to characterize and discriminate among five closely related species: Q. robur, Q. petraea, Q. frainetto, Q. pubescens and Q. virgiliana.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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