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Genetic resources and conservation of Mahogany in Mesoamerica

Navarro, Carlos; Boshier, David; Cavers, Stephen; Lowe, Andrew. 2010 Genetic resources and conservation of Mahogany in Mesoamerica. In: Mery, Gerardo; Katila, Pia; Galloway, Glenn; Alfaro, Rene; Kanninen, Markku; Lobovikov, Max; Varjo, Jari, (eds.) Forests and Society - Responding to Global Drivers of Change. Vienna, IUFRO, 369-383. (IUFRO World Series, Volume).

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Abstract/Summary

We review here the scale of neutral and adaptive genetic variation of mahogany (Swietenia spp.), one of the most valuable tree species in the world, and relate this information directly to provenance performance, and seed transfer and sourcing recommendations. Further, we explore a series of scientific issues directly related to critical day-to-day management of mahogany, giving guidelines to maximise genetic diversity outcomes in natural, remnant, sustainably harvested, and/or restored forest landscapes. The study concludes that conservation and sustainable management of mahogany genetic resources cannot be simply defined in terms of one-size-fits-all solutions, and requires local community involvement to prevent illegal logging and ensure mutual benefit. Landscape level strategies for the effective management of mahogany trees outside of forests urgently need to be developed, together with strategies to promote the benefits of different agroforestry practices. There is also a requirement for conservation planners to consider that trees found outside protected areas have a role in the conservation. In wide-ranging species, promoting international collaboration for collecting, characterising, and conserving genetic resources is vital as international consensus is needed to streamline phytosanitary procedures, to facilitate the exchange of forest reproductive material, and assist genetic resource conservation efforts.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 2 - Ecological Processes in the Environment > BD - 2.4 - Estimate the impact of the main drivers and pressures on biodiversity ...
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.4 - Provide science-based advice ...
CEH Sections: Watt
ISBN: 9783901147931
ISSN: 0018-067X
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Entire book will be freely available for download via http://www.iufro.org/wfse and is currently distributed free on CD-rom
Additional Keywords: Swietenia macrophylla, genetic resources
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 23 Sep 2010 15:16
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/10958

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