Can someone please move this to Nature Talk? Thanks
Here are some articles about local adaptation or hybridization:
Should I plant plants from a cultivated source if I am trying to preserve wild populations of the same plant? Next to where I want to plant Baccharis pilularis, there is a wild, native stand of Baccharis pilularis. Say that I import genetic material of a plant like Baccharis pilularis from a nursery or from a wild population hours away. If the imported plants achieve reproductive maturity and cross with the wild Baccharis pilularis, will the wild plants have reduced fitness?
How is local adaptation measured?
Could hybrids have reduced fertility? Will pollen of the original plants and offspring be of inferior quality? Is that a concern if pollen of reduced quality? Since dryer conditions favor fast-emerging seeds, it seems that imported propagules bred over the course of years in wetter conditions will produce offspring that are less likely to succeed in the wild due to the slower emergence of seeds (Arakelian, UC Merced).
Do cultivated “native” plants have reduced genetic variation?