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Are reintroductions an effective way of mitigating against plant extinctions? CEE review 07-008 (SR32)

Dalrymple, SE and Stewart, GB and Pullin, AS (2011) Are reintroductions an effective way of mitigating against plant extinctions? CEE review 07-008 (SR32). Collaboration for Environmental Evidence. pp. 1-63.

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Abstract

Re-introductions are considered by some conservation practitioners to be a controversial management option for mitigating threatened plant declines. The use of translocations (including re-introductions) has been criticised for the lack of monitoring and central recording, inappropriateness of the action due to genetic considerations, a lack of knowledge of the demography of the donor populations and inadequate information on the habitat requirements of the species. Despite these arguably justified criticisms, re-introductions are growing in use as practitioners see no other option for meeting management plan targets. Re-introductions have been proposed as options for overcoming habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and reproductive isolation. An extension of this increasingly interventionist approach, often termed assisted colonisation, is being considered as a potential method for preventing extinctions due to climatic shifts too rapid to allow corresponding species‟ distribution changes.
This review evaluates the effectiveness of re-introductions as a conservation tool by using the available evidence to determine in what context plant translocations have improved the status of threatened species.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: CEE
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 08:04
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 08:04
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3616

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