Assisted migration to save species

Scientists from the UK, USA and Australia have published a study in Science that outlines that many endangered species will not adapt quickly enough to the rapid changes that climate change will bring.

In an effort to save these species, they discuss the possible solution that policy-makers must contemplate moving species to sites where they do not currently exist, or have not been known to occur in recent times.

Read more. (Full-text from Science)

Here’s an article from the Scientific American too.

What do you think?  Could this be a valid conservation solution?

Let us know your thoughts.


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Maintained by staff at Bioversity International Library, this blog aims to provide readers with updates on new information resources within the field of plant genetic resources (PGR), agrobiodiversity and conservation; [with a little fun thrown in as well].
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2 Responses to Assisted migration to save species

  1. The first assisted migration of an endangered plant was undertaken by a small group of citizen activists on July 30, 2008. Torreya Guardians migrated 31 seedlings of the highly endangered “Florida” torreya tree into the mountains of North Carolina, onto private properties. Google Torreya Guardians to view a photo-essay of this historic event in conservation biology. (post by Connie Barlow, founder of Torreya Guardians and author or the 2001 “The Ghosts of Evolution” (Basic Books).

  2. Bioversity Library says:

    Thank you for sharing this interesting initiative with us. Your website is a great resource for learning more about your project and the species Torreya taxifolia.

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