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Darwin, the devil, and the management of transmissible cancers


Hamede, R and Madsen, T and McCallum, H and Storfer, A and Hohenlohe, PA and Siddle, H and Kaufman, J and Giraudeau, M and Jones, ME and Thomas, T and Ujvari, B, Darwin, the devil, and the management of transmissible cancers, Conservation Biology pp. 1-4. ISSN 0888-8892 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/cobi.13644


Modern conservation science frequently relies on genetic tools to manage imperiled populations threatened by processes such as habitat fragmentation and infectious diseases. Translocation of individuals to restore genetic diversity (genetic rescue) is increasingly used to manage vulnerable populations, but it can swamp local adaptations and lead to outbreeding depression. Thus, genetic management is context dependent and needs evaluation across multiple generations . Genomic studies can help evaluate the extent to which populations are locally adapted to assess the costs and benefits of translocations. Predicting the long‐term fitness effects of genetic interventions and their evolutionary consequences is a vital step in managing dwindling populations threatened by emerging infectious diseases.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii, devil facial tumor disease, transmissible cancer, evolution
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Host-parasite interactions
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Hamede, R (Dr Rodrigo Hamede Ross)
UTAS Author:Jones, ME (Professor Menna Jones)
ID Code:141748
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE170101116)
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2020-11-16
Last Modified:2020-12-03
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