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DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2012.10.015
Title (Primary) Phylogenetic diversity and nature conservation: where are we?
Author Winter, M.; Devictor, V.; Schweiger, O.
Source Titel Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Year 2013
Department BZF; iDiv
Volume 28
Issue 4
Page From 199
Page To 204
Language englisch
UFZ wide themes RU1;
Abstract To date, there is little evidence that phylogenetic diversity has contributed to nature conservation. Here, we discuss the scientific justification of using phylogenetic diversity in conservation and the reasons for its neglect. We show that, apart from valuing the rarity and richness aspect, commonly quoted justifications based on the usage of phylogenetic diversity as a proxy for functional diversity or evolutionary potential are still based on uncertainties. We discuss how a missing guideline through the variety of phylogenetic diversity metrics and their relevance for conservation might be responsible for the hesitation to include phylogenetic diversity in conservation practice. We outline research routes that can help to ease uncertainties and bridge gaps between research and conservation with respect to phylogenetic diversity.

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Winter, M., Devictor, V., Schweiger, O. (2013):
Phylogenetic diversity and nature conservation: where are we?
Trends Ecol. Evol. 28 (4), 199 - 204 10.1016/j.tree.2012.10.015