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Integrated Strategies for Conserving Plant Genetic Diversity

Donald A. Falk
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Vol. 77, No. 1 (1990), pp. 38-47
DOI: 10.2307/2399623
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2399623
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

As the intensity and magnitude of threats to biological diversity increase worldwide, conservation strategies must develop accordingly in three respects. First, conservation efforts must address all levels of biological organization, not simply species diversity; an overemphasis on species-level conservation risks missing biologically significant diversity at higher and lower levels of organization. Second, conservation measures must be conceived in response to particular threats or impacts to the biological entity of concern. Finally, the full spectrum of conservation resources must be employed in a coordinated manner without exclusive reliance on any single approach. By integrating information, needs, and resources in these three areas, a higher degree of protection is attainable for plant diversity than is possible by any single strategy. It is this inherently multidisciplinary approach that characterizes integrated conservation strategies.

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