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National programs to protect genetic diversity — The US example

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A country which truly wishes to preserve the full range of genetic diversity with which it has been endowed must look beyond large biosphere reserves. It must inventory and protect individual species and habitat types in smaller preserves as well. The United States provides an example of a country which has a legacy of preserves. Much of the land that would be necessary for an effective preserve system has already been acquired, but basic information and coordination among agencies is lacking.

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Dr Francis Roy Thibodeau graduated in Environmental Sciences from Boston College. He later took his Masters in Urban, Social and Environmental Policy, and his Doctorate in Ecology and Environmental Policy, both degrees from Tufts University. His research interests are in the field of relationship between ecology and land use, especially as they influence the preservation of genetic diversity.

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Thibodeau, F.R. National programs to protect genetic diversity — The US example. Environmentalist 3, 39–44 (1983).

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  • United States
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