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Conservation Genetics

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 661–663 | Cite as

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

  • Richard Frankham
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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...

Keywords

Threatened Species Conservation Biology Inbreeding Depression Extinction Risk Conservation Genetic 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

I am most grateful for financial support from the ESF Science Networking Programme ConGen that enabled me to speak at the Trondheim meeting, as well as those at Santiago de Compostela and Potsdam.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Australian MuseumSydneyAustralia

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