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Genetic studies of black grouse with special reference to conservation biology: a review
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolution.
2009 (English)In: Folia zoologica (Brno), ISSN 0139-7893, Vol. 58, no 2, 135-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper I review genetic studies of black grouse to date. The topics cover different areas such as reproductive biology, mating system and, more recently, conservation genetics. The accumulated evidence shows that in the western part of the range of the species, Populations are genetically differentiated. Furthermore, small and isolated populations have lost genetic variation due to increased levels of inbreeding and genetic drift. So far the vast majority of studies have been based on microsatellites. More recent investigations have employed sequence data as well as methods to study quantitative trait variation. These latter Studies may aid in resolving the issue of whether local Populations show any evidence of being adapted to local conditions. This is an important consideration in conservation biology since it determines the extent to which populations are interchangeable and which populations should be used for restocking if such are considered of value.

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2009. Vol. 58, no 2, 135-149 p.
Keyword [en]
genetic variation, allozymes, microsatellites, mtDNA, population fragmentation
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Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-148865ISI: 000268210400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-148865DiVA: diva2:403149
Available from: 2011-03-11 Created: 2011-03-11 Last updated: 2011-03-11Bibliographically approved

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