Conservation genomics

Definition

Conservation genomics is the application of genomic analysis to the preservation of the viability of populations and the biodiversity of living organisms. Genomic methods can be used to argue species identity, degree of hybridization, genetic diversity, demographic history and effective population size.

Latest Research and Reviews

  • Reviews |

    The last 25 years has seen a revolution in sequencing, with more than 100 vertebrate genome sequences now available. In this Review, Meadows and Lindblad-Toh discuss how the genomics of non-human organisms can provide insights into vertebrate biology and conservation, and how they can contribute to the understanding of human health and disease.

    • Jennifer R. S. Meadows
    •  & Kerstin Lindblad-Toh
  • Research | | open

    Genome sequencing and proteomic analyses of the crown-of-thorns starfish identify species-specific secreted factors that are associated with aggregating starfish and might be useful for biocontrol strategies.

    • Michael R. Hall
    • , Kevin M. Kocot
    • , Kenneth W. Baughman
    • , Selene L. Fernandez-Valverde
    • , Marie E. A. Gauthier
    • , William L. Hatleberg
    • , Arunkumar Krishnan
    • , Carmel McDougall
    • , Cherie A. Motti
    • , Eiichi Shoguchi
    • , Tianfang Wang
    • , Xueyan Xiang
    • , Min Zhao
    • , Utpal Bose
    • , Chuya Shinzato
    • , Kanako Hisata
    • , Manabu Fujie
    • , Miyuki Kanda
    • , Scott F. Cummins
    • , Noriyuki Satoh
    • , Sandie M. Degnan
    •  & Bernard M. Degnan
    Nature 544, 231–234
  • Research | | open

    The genome sequence and genetic diversity of European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) trees reveals the species’ varying susceptibility to ash dieback.

    • Elizabeth S. A. Sollars
    • , Andrea L. Harper
    • , Laura J. Kelly
    • , Christine M. Sambles
    • , Ricardo H. Ramirez-Gonzalez
    • , David Swarbreck
    • , Gemy Kaithakottil
    • , Endymion D. Cooper
    • , Cristobal Uauy
    • , Lenka Havlickova
    • , Gemma Worswick
    • , David J. Studholme
    • , Jasmin Zohren
    • , Deborah L. Salmon
    • , Bernardo J. Clavijo
    • , Yi Li
    • , Zhesi He
    • , Alison Fellgett
    • , Lea Vig McKinney
    • , Lene Rostgaard Nielsen
    • , Gerry C. Douglas
    • , Erik Dahl Kjær
    • , J. Allan Downie
    • , David Boshier
    • , Steve Lee
    • , Jo Clark
    • , Murray Grant
    • , Ian Bancroft
    • , Mario Caccamo
    •  & Richard J. A. Buggs
    Nature 541, 212–216
  • Reviews |

    Marine vertebrates are key contributors to global biodiversity and human food supply. In this Review, the authors discuss how comparative genomics studies in marine vertebrates have provided insight into major evolutionary transitions between the land and sea, as well as intra-species adaptation to diverse types of aquatic environments. They also highlight applications in species management and conservation.

    • Joanna L. Kelley
    • , Anthony P. Brown
    • , Nina Overgaard Therkildsen
    •  & Andrew D. Foote

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