Evolutionary Conservation Genetics

Paperback | April 5, 2009

byJacob Hoglund

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Conservation genetics focuses on understanding the role and requirement of genetic variation for population persistence. However, considerable debate now surrounds the role of genetic factors (as opposed to non-genetic factors such as habitat destruction etc.) in population extinction, and acomprehensive synthesis is now timely. Can extinction be explained by habitat destruction alone or is lack of genetic variation a part of the explanation? The book thoroughly reviews the arguments for a role of genetics in the present biodiversity crisis. It describes the methods used to studygenetic variation in endangered species and examines the influence of genetic variation in the extinction of species.To date, conservation genetics has predominantly utilized neutral genetic markers e.g. microsatellites. However, with the recent advances in molecular genetics and genomics it will soon be possible to study 'direct gene action', following the fate of genetic variation at the level of DNA, throughexpression, to proteins in order to determine how such phenotypes fare in populations of free living organisms. Evolutionary Conservation Genetics explores these exciting avenues of future research potential, integrating ecological quantitative genetics with the new genome science. It is now moreimportant than ever that we ask relevant questions about the evolutionary fate of endangered populations throughout the globe and incorporate our knowledge of evolutionary processes and the distribution of genetic diversity into effective conservation planning and action.

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Conservation genetics focuses on understanding the role and requirement of genetic variation for population persistence. However, considerable debate now surrounds the role of genetic factors (as opposed to non-genetic factors such as habitat destruction etc.) in population extinction, and acomprehensive synthesis is now timely. Can ex...

Professor Jacob Hoglund was born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1958. He received his BSc (1983), PhD (1989) and DrSci (1992) from the Uppsala University in Sweden. He completed his post doctoral studies in the UK (1990). He has been a Professor at the Uppsala University since 2000 lecturing mainly in Conservation Genetics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.37 inPublished:April 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214220

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Preface1. The Extinction Vortex - is Genetic Variation Related to Extinction?2. How to Measure Genetic Variation3. Inbreeding, Geographic Subdivision and Gene Flow4. Genetic Diversity in Changing Environments5. Genes Under Selection: Mhc and Others6. Local Adaptation7. Ecological Genomics8. An Evolutionary Conservation BiologyReferencesIndex