Relationship of genetic variation to population size in wildlife

  title={Relationship of genetic variation to population size in wildlife},
  author={Richard Frankham},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
  • R. Frankham
  • Published 1 December 1996
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • Conservation Biology
Genetic diversity is one of three levels of biological diversity requiring conservation. Genetic theory predicts that levels of genetic variation should increase with effective population size. Sould (19 76) compiled the first convincing evidence that levels of genetic variation in wildlife were related to population size, but this issue remains controversial. The hypothesis that genetic variation is related to population size leads to the following predictions: (1) genetic variation within… 

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