Potentials for monitoring gene level biodiversity: using Sweden as an example
2008 (English)In: Biodiversity and Conservation, ISSN 0960-3115, E-ISSN 1572-9710, Vol. 17, no 4, 893-910 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Programs for monitoring biological diversity over time are needed to detect changes that can constitute threats to biological resources. The convention on biological diversity regards effective monitoring as necessary to halt the ongoing erosion of biological variation, and such programs at the ecosystem and species levels are enforced in several countries. However, at the level of genetic biodiversity, little has been accomplished, and monitoring programs need to be developed. We define “conservation genetic monitoring” to imply the systematic, temporal study of genetic variation within particular species/populations with the aim to detect changes that indicate compromise or loss of such diversity. We also (i) identify basic starting points for conservation genetic monitoring, (ii) review the availability of such information using Sweden as an example, (iii) suggest categories of species for pilot monitoring programs, and (iv) identify some scientific and logistic issues that need to be addressed in the context of conservation genetic monitoring. We suggest that such programs are particularly warranted for species subject to large scale enhancement and harvest—operations that are known to potentially alter the genetic composition and reduce the variability of populations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 17, no 4, 893-910 p.
Conservation genetic monitoring, Genetic diversity, Human induced genetic change, Release of alien populations, Spatial genetic structure, Stocking, Temporal genetic variability
Research subject Population Genetics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42937DOI: 10.1007/s10531-008-9335-2ISI: 000254360200017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-42937DiVA: diva2:352311