Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

Bringing together approaches to reporting on within species genetic diversity

O'Brien, D., Laikre, L., Hoban, S., Bruford, M.W., Ekblom, R., Fischer, M.C., Hall, J., Hvilsom, C., Hollingsworth, P.M., Kershaw, F., Mittan, C.S., Mukassabi, T.A., Ogden, R., Segelbacher, G., Shaw, R.E., Vernesi, C. and MacDonald, A.J. (2022) Bringing together approaches to reporting on within species genetic diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology . Early View.

[img]
Preview
Free to read: https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14225
*No subscription required

Abstract

Genetic diversity is one of the three main levels of biodiversity recognised in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Fundamental for species adaptation to environmental change, genetic diversity is nonetheless under-reported within global and national indicators. When it is reported, the focus is often narrow and confined to domesticated or other commercial species.

Several approaches have recently been developed to address this shortfall in reporting on genetic diversity of wild species. While multiplicity of approaches is helpful in any development process, it can also lead to confusion among policy makers and heighten a perception that conservation genetics is too abstract to be of use to organisations and governments.

As the developers of five of the different approaches, we have come together to explain how various approaches relate to each other and propose a scorecard, as a unifying reporting mechanism for genetic diversity.

Policy implications. We believe the proposed combined approach captures the strengths of its components and is practical for all nations and subnational governments. It is scalable and can be used to evaluate species conservation projects as well as genetic conservation projects.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Ecological Society
Copyright: © 2022 The Authors.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/65279
Item Control Page Item Control Page

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year