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The fitness consequences of inbreeding in natural populations and their implications for species conservation – a systematic map

Neaves, L.E. and Eales, J. and Whitlock, R. and Hollingsworth, P.M. and Burke, T. and Pullin, A.S. (2015) The fitness consequences of inbreeding in natural populations and their implications for species conservation – a systematic map. Environmental Evidence, 4 (5). DOI: 10.1186/s13750-015-0031-x

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Abstract

Background: Threatened species often have small and isolated populations where mating among relatives can result in inbreeding depression increasing extinction risk. Effective management is hampered by a lack of syntheses summarising the magnitude of, and variation in inbreeding depression. Here we describe the nature and scope of the literature examining phenotypic/fitness consequences of inbreeding, to provide a foundation for future syntheses and management. Methods: We searched the literature for articles documenting the impact of inbreeding in natural populations. Article titles, abstracts and full-texts were assessed against a priori defined criteria, and information relating to study design, quality and other factors that may influence inbreeding responses (e.g. population size) was extracted from relevant articles. Results: The searches identified 11457 articles, of which 614 were assessed as relevant and included in the systematic map (corresponding to 703 distinct studies).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2015 03:28
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:49
ISSN: 2047-2382
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3462
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1186/s13750-015-0031-x
Publisher: Biomed Central
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