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Conservation genetics in the European Union – Biases, gaps and future directions [Biological Conservation]

Keywords : biodiversity, conservation biology, environmental policy, genetic markers, management, threatened species

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

The importance of genetic diversity for the assessment and maintenance of biodiversity is widely recognised, although not yet explicitly incorporated into conservation decision making in many European Union Member States. A detailed assessment of 4311 genetic studies relevant for the conservation and management of European species revealed that research is extensive and, therefore, could be more effectively implemented in existing conservation programs. However, research was overly biased towards the study of species with an economic value or iconic status, with research on threatened species or species with undetermined conservation status being scarce.(...)

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