Supplementary material from "Is the genomics ‘cart’ before the restoration ecology ‘horse’? Insights from qualitative interviews and trends from the literature"
Posted on 14.05.2022 - 13:14
Harnessing new technologies is vital to achieve global imperatives to restore degraded ecosystems. We explored the potential of genomics as one such tool. We aimed to understand barriers hindering the uptake of genomics, and how to overcome them, via exploratory interviews with leading scholars in both restoration and its sister discipline of conservation—a discipline that has successfully leveraged genomics. We also conducted an examination of research trends to explore some insights that emerged from the interviews, including publication trends that have used genomics to address restoration and conservation questions. Our qualitative findings revealed varied perspectives on harnessing genomics. For example, scholars in restoration without genomics experience felt genomics was over-hyped. Scholars with genomics experience emphatically emphasized the need to proceed cautiously in using genomics in restoration. Both genomics-experienced and less-experienced scholars called for case studies to demonstrate the benefits of genomics in restoration. These qualitative data contrasted with our examination of research trends, which revealed 70 restoration genomics studies, particularly studies using environmental DNA as a monitoring tool. We provide a roadmap to facilitate the uptake of genomics into restoration, to help the restoration sector meet the monumental task of restoring huge areas to biodiverse and functional ecosystems.This article is part of the theme issue ‘Ecological complexity and the biosphere: the next 30 years’.
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Mohr, Jakki J.; Harrison, Peter A.; Stanhope, Jessica; Breed, Martin F. (2022): Supplementary material from "Is the genomics ‘cart’ before the restoration ecology ‘horse’? Insights from qualitative interviews and trends from the literature". The Royal Society. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.5995979.v1
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Jakki J. Mohr
Peter A. Harrison
Martin F. Breed