A practical guide for genetic management of fragmented animal and plant populations

Richard Frankham, Jonathan D. Ballou, Katherine Ralls, Mark D. B. Eldridge, Michele R. Dudash, Charles B. Fenster, Robert C. Lacy, Paul Sunnucks

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The biological diversity of the planet is being rapidly depleted due to the direct and indirect consequences of human activity. As the size of wild animal and plant populations decreases and fragmentation increases, inbreeding reduces fitness and loss of genetic diversity reduces their ability to adapt to changes in the environment. Many small isolated populations are going extinct unnecessarily. In many cases, such populations can be genetically rescued by gene flow from another population within the species, but this is very rarely done. This book provides a practical guide to the genetic management of fragmented animal and plant populations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages174
ISBN (Print)9780198783428, 9780198783411
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Germplasm resources conservation
  • Fragmented landscapes
  • Wildlife management
  • Population genetics
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • extinction
  • fragmented populations
  • gene flow
  • genetic management
  • genetic rescue
  • inbreeding
  • inbreeding depression
  • genetic diversity
  • outbreeding depression

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