A1 Journal article (refereed)
Conservation implications of species–genetic diversity correlations (2014)

Kahilainen, A., Puurtinen, M., & Kotiaho, J. S. (2014). Conservation implications of species–genetic diversity correlations. Global Ecology and Conservation, 2 (December ), 315-323. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2014.10.013

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All authors or editors: Kahilainen, Aapo; Puurtinen, Mikael; Kotiaho, Janne Sakari

Journal or series: Global Ecology and Conservation

ISSN: 2351-9894

eISSN: 2351-9894

Publication year: 2014

Volume: 2

Issue number: December

Pages range: 315–323

Publisher: Elsevier BV

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2014.10.013

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/63726


Despite its importance for the long-term viability of populations and functioning of ecosystems, the genetic diversity of populations is seldom given explicit consideration in conservation prioritization. Research on the species–genetic diversity correlation (SGDC) suggests that species diversity within a community and intrapopulation genetic diversity are positively correlated, due to the parallel influences of environmental characteristics (area, connectivity, and environmental heterogeneity) on both levels of diversity. A positive locality scale SGDC (i.e. -SGDC) thus provides potential for simultaneous conservation of both species diversity within a locality and intrapopulation genetic diversity. However, caution is needed, since in some situations environmental characteristics can influence species diversity and genetic diversity differently, resulting in a negative -SGDC. In such cases there can be a conflict between conservation of species diversity within localities and genetic diversity within populations. SGDCs provide useful information also for conservation planning, which considers compositional differences between localities, since the mechanisms behind -SGDCs can also drive correlations between differentiation of community and genetic compositions (i.e. -SGDCs). We suggest that emphasizing locality area and connectivity between similar localities in conservation planning best conserves both species and intrapopulation genetic diversity, and that focusing on highly complementary species richness may compromise conservation of genetic diversity.

Free keywords: Opinion; Review; SGDC; Conservation planning; Conservation prioritization

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Reporting Year: 2014

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