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Quantitative Methods for Conservation Biology

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Modeling Problems in Conservation Genetics Using Laboratory Animals Richard Frankham

  • Richard Frankham

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Conclusions

  1. 1.

    The theory that underlies many management practices and recommendations in conservation genetics is very simplistic. Consequently, it is essential that it be subjected to controlled replicated experimental evaluation.

     
  2. 2.

    Such evaluations are impractical in most wildlife species. Consequently, they are best done in laboratory animals and plants.

     
  3. 3.

    It is critical that there be an interplay between theory and experimentation in conservation genetics and conservation biology generally.

     
  4. 4.

    Studies have begun recently with laboratory animals to evaluate a range of issues in conservation genetics.

     
  5. 5.

    It is desirable that more than one laboratory animal model be used, and/or meta-analyses of wildlife data, to establish the generality of conclusions.

     
  6. 6.

    A selfing plant laboratory model needs to be developed. Arabidopsis is an obvious candidate for this role.

     
  7. 7.

    A wide range of questions in conservation genetics need to be addressed in laboratory species. Several of these are listed.