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Extinction debt: a challenge for biodiversity conservation
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2009 (English)In: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, ISSN 0169-5347, E-ISSN 1872-8383, Vol. 24, no 10, 564-571 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Local extinction of species can occur with a substantial delay following habitat loss or degradation. Accumulating evidence suggests that such extinction debts pose a significant but often unrecognized challenge for biodiversity conservation across a wide range of taxa and ecosystems. Species with long generation times and populations near their extinction threshold are most likely to have an extinction debt. However, as long as a species that is predicted to become extinct still persists, there is time for conservation measures such as habitat restoration and landscape management. Standardized long-term monitoring, more high-quality empirical studies on different taxa and ecosystems and further development of analytical methods will help to better quantify extinction debt and protect biodiversity.

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2009. Vol. 24, no 10, 564-571 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32942DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2009.04.011ISI: 000270532000008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-32942DiVA: diva2:282012
Available from: 2009-12-18 Created: 2009-12-18 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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