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Threatened species

Photo: Gunnar Aneer/AzotePhoto: Gunnar Aneer/Azote

If populations of a species have declined significantly in size due to harvest, disturbance, pollution or other human impact, they may also have lost significant genetic variation. Genetic rescue by introducing genetic variation from one or several other populations may be appropriate.

General recommendations

  • If genetic rescue is considered, careful mapping of the remaining genetic diversity will be needed.
  • The rescue activity should be monitored to follow the results.


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