Industrialization Causes Rapid Decrease In Vertebrates Population

Posted: Dec 17 2016, 7:40am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Industrialization Causes Rapid Decrease in Vertebrates Population
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  • Rapid population decline among vertebrates began with industrialization

Decline in vertebrates occurred at the end of 19th century because of industrialization, stated researchers of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Industrialization affected Vertebrates’ population decreasing it fast, and we must say its human influence, stated Yun-Xin Fu, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biostatistics and the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at UT Health School of Public Health.

The research involved reviews of several articles on Vertebrates and their diversified genetic nature. The research data included 2,764 species, 600 species that are in danger zone. The study group included Fu and his co-authors, including Haipeng Li, Ph.D., who studied at School of Public Health student and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The research team based their research study on a model that involves population genetics. The model revealed decline in population that was very fast. There was a decline in Vertebrate species by around 25 percent every 10 years about 123 years from now.

According to Fu, preservation should be emphasized more on threatened species than non-threatened species. So the native habitat of Vertebrates should be maintained in areas where the species are in danger and are declining. So, genetic diversity is essential for long term survival of the species.

Research will continue to monitor changes in the population of Vertebrates. But there is need to address authorities to see the alarming effects of industrialization on ecosystems, and how it should be controlled. The scientists can only reveal different facts, as they are not policy makers.

The scientist is very hopeful that this study would touch the conservation efforts. The research studies would also make experts aware of human impact on ecosystem, and natural habitats of Vertebrates.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published this research.

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