Turning the threat of hybridization into an asset for conserving wild species by backcrossing

Graf, Stefan (2024). Turning the threat of hybridization into an asset for conserving wild species by backcrossing Biodiversity and Conservation Springer 10.1007/s10531-024-02847-4

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Captive breeding programs working to avoid the loss of threatened wild species are often working with a limited gene pool of founder individuals which can only be increased with difficulty. As usually hybridization with common species is seen as a threat to rare species, this commentary proposes the hybridization and recurrent backcrossing of common species with rare ones to turn this threat into an asset. After several generations of backcrossing, the backcrossed individuals would be virtually indistinguishable from the rare species, therefore performing the same ecosystem functions. This commentary presents where common species can be backcrossed with rare species to obtain an animal which is essentially and functionally the rare, threatened species to preserve biodiversity. To do so without threatening the rare species, surplus or non-reproducing males of the rare species must be used on females of common species, and only the female crossbred offspring reproduced. By further backcrossing the crossbred females to pure rare males, the offspring becomes indistinguishable from purebred individuals.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL

Name:

Graf, Stefan

Subjects:

Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QL Zoology
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
S Agriculture > SK Hunting sports

ISSN:

0960-3115

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stefan Graf

Date Deposited:

16 May 2024 11:37

Last Modified:

17 May 2024 11:06

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10531-024-02847-4

Related URLs:

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.21877

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/21877

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