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posted on 2023-05-20, 19:14 authored by Rodrigo Hamede RossRodrigo Hamede Ross, Madsen, T, McCallum, H, Storfer, A, Hohenlohe, PA, Siddle, H, Kaufman, J, Giraudeau, M, Menna JonesMenna Jones, Thomas, T, Ujvari, B
Modern conservation science frequently relies on genetic tools to manage imperiled populations threatened by processes such as habitat fragmentation and infectious diseases. Translocation of individuals to restore genetic diversity (genetic rescue) is increasingly used to manage vulnerable populations, but it can swamp local adaptations and lead to outbreeding depression. Thus, genetic management is context dependent and needs evaluation across multiple generations . Genomic studies can help evaluate the extent to which populations are locally adapted to assess the costs and benefits of translocations. Predicting the long‐term fitness effects of genetic interventions and their evolutionary consequences is a vital step in managing dwindling populations threatened by emerging infectious diseases.


Australian Research Council


Publication title

Conservation Biology






School of Natural Sciences


Blackwell Publishing Inc

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Socio-economic Objectives

Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments

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