Genomics and the challenging translation into conservation practice

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 KruetzenJohn 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, Caries Vila, Matthias Weissensteiner, Lovisa Wennerstrom, Christopher W. Wheat, Piotr Zielinski

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Abstract

The 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-87
Number of pages10
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Volume30
Issue number2
Early online date17 Dec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

Keywords

  • GENETIC DIVERSITY
  • BACKGROUND SELECTION
  • POPULATION GENOMICS
  • INSULAR POPULATION
  • DNA
  • DIVERGENCE
  • SPECIATION
  • EVOLUTION
  • SEQUENCE
  • MARKERS

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