Population genetic analyses of transplanted eelgrass (Zostera marina) beds reveal reduced genetic diversity in Southern California
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Since transplantation of sea grasses has been the primary method of mitigating wetland loss, the comparability of these beds to natural beds is important. This article presents a study on the genetic diversity and structure of three transplanted eelgrass beds in southern California. Findings indicated a reduced genetic diversity as compared to data from natural beds; therefore, several hypotheses for these differences are also discussed.