Genomics and the challenging translation into conservation practice.
Applying Behavioral-Ecological Theory to Plant Defense: Light-Dependent Movement in Mimosa pudica Suggests a Trade-Off between Predation Risk and Energetic Reward
Findings suggest this sensitive plant Mimosa pudica balances the risk and reward of antiherbivore behavior in relation to current environmental conditions and that behavioral-ecological theory is a useful framework for understanding plant responses to predators.
Reply to Garner et al.
Macrogenetic studies must not ignore limitations of genetic markers and scale.
Reexamine data from this study, describe genetic marker and scale limitations which might lead to misinterpretations with conservation implications, and provide advice to improve future macrogenetic studies.
I-HEDGE: determining the optimum complementary sets of taxa for conservation using evolutionary isolation
A novel iterative calculation of the heightened evolutionary distinctiveness and globally endangered metric (I-HEDGE) that produces the optimal ranked list for conservation prioritization, taking into account complementarity and based on both phylogenetic diversity and extinction probability.
Founded: Genetic Reconstruction of Lineage Diversity and Kinship Informs Ex situ Conservation of Cuban Amazon Parrots (Amazona leucocephala).
Captive breeding is a widespread conservation strategy, yet such programs rarely include empirical genetic data for assessing management assumptions and meeting conservation goals. Cuban Amazon…
Genotyping‐in‐thousands by sequencing (GT‐seq) of noninvasive faecal and degraded samples: A new panel to enable ongoing monitoring of Canadian polar bear populations
A GT‐seq panel of 324 single nucleotide polymorphisms optimized for genotyping of polar bears based on DNA from noninvasively collected faecal samples provides the foundation for a noninvasive toolkit for polar bear monitoring and can contribute to community‐based programmes.
Opportunities and challenges of macrogenetic studies.
The history of macrogenetics is reviewed, knowledge gaps and future directions are highlighted, and best practices need to be considered and adopted if the field is to continue its exciting trajectory and reach its full potential in fields such as biodiversity monitoring and conservation.
Population genomics through time provides insights into the consequences of decline and rapid demographic recovery through head‐starting in a Galapagos giant tortoise
This work demonstrates the effectiveness of head‐starting in rescuing the Pinzón giant tortoise from almost certain extinction and reveals high retention of genetic variation and no skew in representation despite the documented bottleneck event.
Seeing the whole picture: What molecular ecology is gaining from whole genomes
- R. Taylor, E. Jensen, D. Coltman, A. Foote, Sangeet Lamichhaney
- BiologyMolecular Ecology
- 1 December 2021
This special issue of Molecular Ecology aims to showcase an array of studies that leverage the resolution of WGS to provide new insights into the molecular ecology of a range of species and ecosystems.