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Conservation of hybrid plants


Whitham, TG and Morrow, PA and Potts, BM, Conservation of hybrid plants, Science, 254, (5033) pp. 779-780. ISSN 0036-8075 (1991) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1126/science.254.5033.779-b


There is currently considerable debate about the treatment of natural hybrids in conservation legislation. The "hybrid policy" recently advocated by Stephen J. O'Brien and Ernst Mayr (Perspective, 8 Mar. 1991, p. 1187) is to 'discourage hybridization between species." This policy is based on examples of animals in which hybridization is thought not to have played a significant evolutionary role. In contrast, we argue that plant hybrid zones are hot spots of ecological and evolutionary activity and should be conserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Protection and conservation of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Potts, BM (Professor Brad Potts)
ID Code:87383
Year Published:1991
Web of Science® Times Cited:77
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2013-11-14
Last Modified:2022-12-15

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