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Ten principles for conservation translocations of threatened wood-inhabiting fungi

Nordén, Jenni, Abrego, Nerea, Boddy, Lynne, Bässler, Claus, Dahlberg, Anders, Halme, Panu, Hällfors, Maria, Maurice, Sundy, Menkis, Audrius, Miettinen, Otto, Mäkipää, Raisa, Ovaskainen, Otso, Penttilä, Reijo, Saine, Sonja, Snäll, Tord and Junninen, Kaisa 2020. Ten principles for conservation translocations of threatened wood-inhabiting fungi. Fungal Ecology 44 , 100919. 10.1016/j.funeco.2020.100919
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Unlike for many other organism groups, conservation translocations of fungi are still rare. Encouraged by recent successful translocations, there is a growing interest in applying this conservation tool to threatened wood-inhabiting fungi. When combined with other conservation or restoration measures, translocation can be an effective measure for preventing further population decline in the short term, and species extinctions in the long term. Translocations can be appropriate for rare and specialist fungal species that occur as small local populations in isolated patches across fragmented landscapes, where there is a low likelihood of successful dispersal between distant host trees that have special qualities and are situated in suitable conditions. As species translocations are a controversial topic, the pros and cons of translocation as a conservation tool for threatened fungi need careful consideration. We highlight the uncertainties and risks that are connected to fungal translocations, and propose ten principles adhering to the precautionary principle.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1754-5048
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 February 2020
Date of Acceptance: 27 January 2020
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 22:55

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