A global parasite conservation plan

Colin J. Carlson, Skylar Hopkins, Kayce C. Bell, Jorge Doña, Stephanie S. Godfrey, Mackenzie L. Kwak, Kevin D. Lafferty, Melinda L. Moir, Kelly A. Speer, Giovanni Strona, Mark Torchin, Chelsea L. Wood

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Found throughout the tree of life and in every ecosystem, parasites are some of the most diverse, ecologically important animals on Earth—but in almost all cases, the least protected by wildlife or ecosystem conservation efforts. For decades, ecologists have been calling for research to understand parasites' important ecological role, and increasingly, to protect as many species from extinction as possible. However, most conservationists still work within priority systems for funding and effort that exclude or ignore parasites, or treat parasites as an obstacle to be overcome. Our working group identified 12 goals for the next decade that could advance parasite biodiversity conservation through an ambitious mix of research, advocacy, and management.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108596
JournalBiological Conservation
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Aug 2020

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    Carlson, C. J., Hopkins, S., Bell, K. C., Doña, J., Godfrey, S. S., Kwak, M. L., Lafferty, K. D., Moir, M. L., Speer, K. A., Strona, G., Torchin, M., & Wood, C. L. (2020). A global parasite conservation plan. Biological Conservation, [108596]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108596