2020 journal article

A global parasite conservation plan

Biological Conservation, 250, 108596.

co-author countries: Australia 🇦🇺 Spain 🇪🇸 Finland 🇫🇮 New Zealand 🇳🇿 Panama 🇵🇦 Singapore 🇸🇬 United States of America 🇺🇸
author keywords: Biodiversity inventory; Coextinction; Conservation prioritization; Natural history collections; Red listing; Symbionts
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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.