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European marine genetic biodiversity

Objective

Coastal ecosystems are important for recreation, land protection and fisheries, but are under various threats from human impacts. This calls for proper management and genetic biodiversity is a central issue. In EUMAR demographic and population genetic data on marine benthic species will be used to assess effects of human activities on genetic biodiversity and to model various threat scenarios. The overall aim is to develop guidelines for management of coastal zone biodiversity, and appraise the importance of diversity at the genetic level. Anthropogenic impacts such as artificial habitats, habitat fragmentation and artificial selection will be assessed. The importance of marginal populations and ecotype separation will be addressed. Genetic and demographic modelling will be combined and used with data from focal species with varying life histories to estimate short- and long-term effects of different threats to genetic biodiversity.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

N/A

Participants (6)

CENTRO INTERDIPARTIMENTALE DI RECERCA PER LE SCIENZE AMBIENTALI
Italy
Address
Via Tombesi Dall'ova 55
48100 Ravenna
ITALIAN AGENCY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Italy
Address
Forte S. Teresa
19100 La Spezia
Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Address
Citadel Hill
PL1 2PB Plymouth
ROYAL BELGIAN INSTITUTE FOR NATURAL SCIENCES
Belgium
Address
29,Vautierstraat 29
1000 Bruxelles
UNIVERSITY OF VIGO
Spain
Address
Oporto 1
36201 Vigo
UNIVERSITY OF WALES - BANGOR
United Kingdom
Address
Deiniol Road
LL57 2UW Bangor - Gwynedd