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A Practical Guide for Genetic Management of Fragmented Animal and Plant Populations

Richard Frankham, Jonathan D. Ballou, Katherine Ralls, Mark Eldridge, Michele R. Dudash, Charles B. Fenster, Robert C. Lacy, and Paul Sunnucks

Abstract

The biological diversity of the planet is being rapidly depleted due to the direct and indirect consequences of human activity. As the size of wild animal and plant populations decreases and fragmentation increases, inbreeding reduces fitness and loss of genetic diversity reduces their ability to adapt to changes in the environment. Many small isolated populations are going extinct unnecessarily. In many cases, such populations can be genetically rescued by gene flow from another population within the species, but this is very rarely done. This book provides a practical guide to the genetic ma ... More

Keywords: Biodiversity conservation, extinction, fragmented populations, gene flow, genetic management, genetic rescue, inbreeding, inbreeding depression, genetic diversity, outbreeding depression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198783411
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198783411.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Frankham, author
Emeritus Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia

Jonathan D. Ballou, author
Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Smithsonian Institution, USA

Katherine Ralls, author
Emerita Research Zoologist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Smithsonian Institution, USA

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