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Global commitments to conserving and monitoring genetic diversity are now necessary and feasible

Hoban, Sean, Bruford, Michael W., Funk, W. Chris, Galbusera, Peter, Griffith, M. Patrick, Grueber, Catherine E., Heuertz, Myriam, Hunter, Margaret E., Hvilsom, Christina, Kalamujic Stroil, Belma, Kershaw, Francine, Khoury, Colin K., Laikre, Linda, Lopes-Fernandes, Margarida, MacDonald, Anna J., Mergeay, Joachim, Meek, Mariah, Mittan, Cinnamon, Mukassabi, Tarek A., O'Brien, David, Ogden, Rob, Palma da Silva, Clarisse, Ramakrishnan, Uma, Segelbacher, Gernot, Shaw, Robyn E., Sjögren-Gulve, Per, Velickovic, Nevena and Vernesi, Cristiano 2021. Global commitments to conserving and monitoring genetic diversity are now necessary and feasible. Bioscience 10.1093/biosci/biab054

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Abstract

Global conservation policy and action have largely neglected protecting and monitoring genetic diversity—one of the three main pillars of biodiversity. Genetic diversity (diversity within species) underlies species’ adaptation and survival, ecosystem resilience, and societal innovation. The low priority given to genetic diversity has largely been due to knowledge gaps in key areas, including the importance of genetic diversity and the trends in genetic diversity change; the perceived high expense and low availability and the scattered nature of genetic data; and complicated concepts and information that are inaccessible to policymakers. However, numerous recent advances in knowledge, technology, databases, practice, and capacity have now set the stage for better integration of genetic diversity in policy instruments and conservation efforts. We review these developments and explore how they can support improved consideration of genetic diversity in global conservation policy commitments and enable countries to monitor, report on, and take action to maintain or restore genetic diversity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Biosciences
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by-nc/4.0/)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0006-3568
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 27 March 2021
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2021 12:37
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/140178

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