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Title: Guidelines on the use of molecular genetics in reintroduction programs
Author: Schwartz, Michael K.
Source: In: The EU LIFE-Nature Projects to guidelines for the reintroduction of threatened species; Caramanico Terme, Italy; March 21-22, 2005. p. 51-58
Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Description: The use of molecular genetics can play a key role in reintroduction efforts. Prior to the introduction of any individuals, molecular genetics can be used to identify the most appropriate source population for the reintroduction, ensure that no relic populations exist in the reintroduction area, and guide captive breeding programs. The use of molecular genetics post-reintroduction has received less attention. Yet, it is after the reintroduction that molecular genetics combined with non-invasive genetic sampling provide the greatest results. Most reintroduction programs install a weak monitoring program at best after the release of animals. With the advent of molecular techniques it is now possible to track individuals and populations through time by sampling their feces or hair without ever handling or disturbing the animals. This manuscript reviews the use of molecular genetics both pre- and post- reintroduction of wildlife.
Keywords: molecular genetics, reintroduction programs, non-invasive genetic sampling
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Schwartz, Michael K. 2005. Guidelines on the use of molecular genetics in reintroduction programs. In: The EU LIFE-Nature Projects to guidelines for the reintroduction of threatened species; Caramanico Terme, Italy; March 21-22, 2005. p. 51-58
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