Is local provenance important in habitat creation?
Article first published online: 5 APR 2002
Journal of Applied Ecology
Volume 38, Issue 6, pages 1371–1373, December 2001
How to Cite
Wilkinson, D. M. (2001), Is local provenance important in habitat creation?. Journal of Applied Ecology, 38: 1371–1373. doi: 10.1046/j.0021-8901.2001.00669.x
- Issue published online: 5 APR 2002
- Article first published online: 5 APR 2002
- Received 3 November 2000; revision received 3 August 2001
- creative conservation;
- environmental change;
- 1Many habitat creation schemes specify that biological material of local provenance should be used in reintroductions. This has come to be the ‘text book’ approach. However, very little discussion of the theory underlying this idea has been published in the scientific literature. This paper aims to initiate this much-needed discussion.
- 2A major reason for the use of local provenance is the claimed importance of conserving locally adapted genotypes, which are assumed to show high fitness. Using both genetic arguments and a consideration of Quaternary environmental change I argue that this reason will seldom be important.
- 3I make tentative suggestions of when local provenance is likely to be important and when it can be given a low priority in habitat creation schemes.