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Fraxinus seed lot genetic analysis procedure

We have obtained results concerning molecular genetic marker tests in Fraxinus commercial seed lots. Six Austrian seed lots were tested. Using microsatellite markers, we could find characteristic allelic compositions for each of the seed lots. Seed harvested separately from different trees within a forest stand formed separate groups in the analysis in most cases. These results enable us to routinely test Fraxinus seed harvested and commercialised in Austria and possibly in other countries in Europe, for the purpose of law enforcement. Forest seed laws in EU member states follow an EC directive that, essentially, requires proper documentation on the origin and movement of seed and plant material. Our results enable us to check for compliance with some of the legal provisions.

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