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Genomics and the challenging translation into conservation practiceAuthor(s): Aaron B. A. Shafer; Jochen B. W. Wolf; Paulo C. Alves; Linnea Bergstrom; Michael W. Bruford; Ioana Brannstrom; Guy Colling; Love Dalen; Luc De Meester; Robert Ekblom; Katie D. Fawcett; Simone Fior; Mehrdad Hajibabaei; Jason A. Hill; A. Rus Hoezel; Jacob Hoglund; Evelyn L. Jensen; Johannes Krause; Torsten N. Kristensen; Michael Krutzen; John K. McKay; Anita J. Norman; Rob Ogden; E. Martin Osterling; N. Joop Ouborg; John Piccolo; Danijela Popovic; Craig R. Primmer; Floyd A. Reed; Marie Roumet; Jordi Salmona; Tamara Schenekar; Michael K. Schwartz; Gernot Segelbacher; Helen Senn; Jens Thaulow; Mia Valtonen; Andrew Veale; Philippine Vergeer; Nagarjun Vijay; Carles Vila; Matthias Weissensteiner; Lovisa Wennerstrom; Christopher W. Wheat; Piotr Zielinski
Source: Trends and Ecology in Evolution. 30(2): 78-87.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThe global loss of biodiversity continues at an alarming rate. Genomic approaches have been suggested as a promising tool for conservation practice as scaling up to genome-wide data can improve traditional conservation genetic inferences and provide qualitatively novel insights. However, the generation of genomic data and subsequent analyses and interpretations remain challenging and largely confined to academic research in ecology and evolution. This generates a gap between basic research and applicable solutions for conservation managers faced with multifaceted problems. Before the real-world conservation potential of genomic research can be realized, we suggest that current infrastructures need to be modified, methods must mature, analytical pipelines need to be developed, and successful case studies must be disseminated to practitioners.
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CitationShafer, Aaron B. A.; Wolf, Jochen B. W.; Alves, Paulo C.; Bergstrom, Linnea; Bruford, Michael W.; Brannstrom, Ioana; Colling, Guy; Dalen, Love; Meester, Luc De; Ekblom, Robert; Fawcett, Katie D.; Fior, Simone; Hajibabaei, Mehrdad; Hill, Jason A.; Hoezel, A. Rus; Hoglund, Jacob; Jensen, Evelyn L.; Krause, Johannes; Kristensen, Torsten N.; Krutzen, Michael; McKay, John K.; Norman, Anita J.; Ogden, Rob; Osterling, E. Martin; Ouborg, N. Joop; Piccolo, John; Popovic, Danijela; Primmer, Craig R.; Reed, Floyd A.; Roumet, Marie; Salmona, Jordi; Schenekar, Tamara; Schwartz, Michael K.; Segelbacher, Gernot; Senn, Helen; Thaulow, Jens; Valtonen, Mia; Veale, Andrew; Vergeer, Philippine; Vijay, Nagarjun; Vila, Carles; Weissensteiner, Matthias; Wennerstrom, Lovisa; Wheat, Christopher W.; Zielinski, Piotr. 2015. Genomics and the challenging translation into conservation practice. Trends and Ecology in Evolution. 30(2): 78-87.
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