Conservation of the genetic diversity of yew (Taxus baccata) in the Cantabrian-Atlantic area within the framework of the LIFE BACCATA project
LIFE BACCATA project aims to improve the conservation status of yew woods in the Atlantic Biogeographical Region of the Iberian Peninsula. The characterization of the genetic variability of main yew populations in this region represents a transversal action of the project that involves several Spanish (Galicia, Asturias, Castilla y León, Cantabria, Euskadi) and Portuguese (Regiao Norte) regions. It will be very helpful as an important basis for the actions to be carried out in yew forest genetic resources conservation program. Genetic diversity is the basis of the adaptive potential of species and is key to rational and sustainable forest management. Genetic diversity contributes to guaranteeing the future and viability of yew woods, especially in a context such as the current climate change.