Hybridization and Introgression Between Native and Alien Species

Largiadèr, Carlo Rodolfo (2007). Hybridization and Introgression Between Native and Alien Species. In: Nentwig, Wolfgang (ed.) Biological Invasions. Ecological Studies: Vol. 193 (pp. 275-292). Heidelberg: Springer 10.1007/978-3-540-36920-2_16

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Human activities, such intentional and unintentional transplantations, and habitat alterations including the establishment of migration corridors, generate increasing opportunities for formerly allopatric taxa to meet and to hybridize. There is indeed increasing evidence that these introduced plant and animal taxa (including crop plants and domesticated animal taxa) frequently hybridize with native relatives and with other introduced taxa, leading to a growing concern that these hybridizations may compromise the genetic integrity of native taxa to the point of causing extinctions (Abbott 1992; Rhymer and Simberloff 1996; Levin et al. 1996; Ellstrand and Schierenbeck 2000; Vilà et al. 2000). A decade ago, Rhymer and Simberloff (1996) stated in their review on this topic that the known cases are probably just the tip of the iceberg.Using the search term ‘hybridization and introgression’, the Web of Science database yields a total of 1,178 research articles, of which 935 (or 80 %) have been published after 1995 (Fig. 16.1). Indeed, the evidence for natural and man-induced hybridization and introgression appears to have increased exponentially these last few years.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Institute of Clinical Chemistry

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Largiadèr, Carlo Rodolfo and Nentwig, Wolfgang


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health






Ecological Studies






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04 Oct 2013 14:56

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20 Feb 2014 21:28

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/23724 (FactScience: 43775)

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