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Trends Plant Sci. 2009 Nov;14(11):599-607. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2009.08.005. Epub 2009 Sep 10.

Plant conservation genetics in a changing world.

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  • 1Botanic Gardens Conservation International USA, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL 60022, USA.


Plant conservation genetics provides tools to guide conservation and restoration efforts, measure and monitor success, and ultimately minimize extinction risk by conserving species as dynamic entities capable of evolving in the face of changing conditions. We consider the application of these tools to rare and common species alike, as ongoing threats that increasingly limit their resilience, evolutionary potential and survival. Whereas neutral marker studies have contributed much to conservation genetics, we argue for a renewed focus on quantitative genetic studies to determine how, or if, species will adapt to changing conditions. Because restoration plays an increasingly vital role in conservation, we discuss additional genetic considerations and research questions that must be actively studied now to effectively inform future actions.

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