Integrating biobanking could produce significant cost benefits and minimise inbreeding for Australian amphibian captive breeding programs

  title={Integrating biobanking could produce significant cost benefits and minimise inbreeding for Australian amphibian captive breeding programs},
  author={Lachlan G. Howell and Peter R. Mawson and Richard Frankham and John C Rodger and Rose M. O. Upton and Ryan R. Witt and Natalie E. Calatayud and Simon Clulow and John Clulow},
  journal={Reproduction, Fertility and Development},
Captive breeding is an important tool for amphibian conservation despite high economic costs and deleterious genetic effects of sustained captivity and unavoidably small colony sizes. Integration of biobanking and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) could provide solutions to these challenges, but is rarely used due to lack of recognition of the potential benefits and clear policy direction. Here we present compelling genetic and economic arguments to integrate biobanking and ARTs into… 
Modelling Genetic Benefits and Financial Costs of Integrating Biobanking into the Captive Management of Koalas
Simple Summary Managed wildlife breeding faces high costs and genetic diversity challenges associated with caring for small populations. Biobanking (freezing of sex cells and tissues for use in
Common goals, different stages: the state of the ARTs for reptile and amphibian conservation.
In both amphibians and reptiles, a focus on sperm cryopreservation and artificial fertilisation or artificial insemination has been at the expense of the development and application of more advanced technologies, or the use of sophisticated stem cell/primordial germ cell cryop Reservation and transplantation approaches.
Conservation translocations for amphibian species threatened by chytrid fungus: A review, conceptual framework, and recommendations
Emerging infectious diseases are an increasingly prominent threat to biodiversity. However, traditional methods in conservation generally have limited efficacy in the face of disease threats.


Integrating biobanking minimises inbreeding and produces significant cost benefits for a threatened frog captive breeding programme
It is suggested that the credibility of captive breeding as a conservation strategy would be enhanced by integrating genome storage and assisted breeding to produce far larger numbers of animals of higher genetic quality, which would justify increased public and agency support for captive breeding.
Applied reproductive technologies and genetic resource banking for amphibian conservation.
  • A. Kouba, C. Vance
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Reproduction, fertility, and development
  • 2009
The purpose of this review is to summarise the current state of knowledge in the area of assisted reproduction technologies and gene banking for the conservation of amphibians.
Pedigree analysis reveals a generational decline in reproductive success of captive Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii): implications for captive management of threatened species
The results reveal a conflict with the widely cited conservation strategy to limit opportunity for selection by extending generation length through delaying reproduction, as captive breeding programs that delay female breeding with this goal in mind risk reduced productivity.
Limitations of Captive Breeding in Endangered Species Recovery
Captive breeding should be viewed as a last resort in species recovery and not a prophylactic or long-term solution because of the inexorable genetic and phenotypic changes that occur in captive environments.
Genetic impacts of conservation management actions in a critically endangered parrot species
The study suggests that translocation of wild individuals into captivity, from wild populations in decline, can potentially have deleterious lasting impacts on genetic diversity levels in these populations, but also confirms that in captivity, founder diversity can be successfully preserved over time, and addition of wild founders can improve captive population health.
Preserving Australian native fauna: zoo-based breeding programs as part of a more unified strategic approach 1
  • C. Hogg
  • Environmental Science
    Australian Journal of Zoology
  • 2013
Zoo-based breeding programs are useful in assisting with the preservation of some Australian fauna, whilst for others they will have limited relevance, so a more unified strategy should provide the authors' native fauna with a realistic chance of recovery.
Genetic resource banks in wildlife conservation
A number of pertinent issues should be addressed, however, before embarking upon the large scale implementation of genetic bank programmes.
Amphibians: suitable candidates for breeding-release programmes
The suitability of amphibian species for reintroduction is discussed, i.e., their high fecundity to allow rapid build-up of captive populations coupled with few behavioural problems with captive-bred animals, as well as the low cost of maintenance.