, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 661-663
Date: 01 Nov 2009

Where are we in conservation genetics and where do we need to go?

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Introduction

Conservation genetics is an applied science, involving the application of evolutionary and molecular genetics to biodiversity conservation. There are often disconnects between the highest priority scientific needs in applied disciplines and what is technologically feasible, and what is being implemented. Consequently, I will briefly address the questions ‘Where are we now in conservation genetics and where do we need to go?’ Since resources are limited, I will also address priorities for future research in conservation genetics, and for practical applications in the discipline. Most of the issues are reviewed in the 2nd edition of ‘Introduction to Conservation Genetics’ (Frankham et al. 2009).

Where are we now and what do we need to do?

There has been substantial progress in conservation genetics since its foundation in the late 1970s (see Frankel and Soulé 1981; Frankham et al. 2009). Within Europe, there have been substantial advances in the quality of the discipline during