Biodiv Sci ›› 1998, Vol. 06 ›› Issue (2): 138-142.DOI: 10.17520/biods.1998020

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Molecular phylogenetics and biodiversity conservation

WANG Wen   

  1. Lab of Cellular and Molecular Evolution , Kunming Institute of Zoology , the Chinese Academy of Sciences , Kunming 650226
  • Received:1997-03-11 Revised:1997-10-05 Online:1998-05-20 Published:1998-05-20

Abstract: In recent years , it has been emphasized that the principles and methods of molecular phylogenetics should have potential and practical value in biodiversity conservation , especially in species conservation. It is a critical issue and the first step as well to identify those units which have evolutionary significance from different populations of a species concerned in species conservation. Phylogenetic relationships among those populations could shed valuable light on this issue. In addition , the data from molecular phylogenetic study are also helpful for us to understand the status and process of populations.