Guidelines for collecting and maintaining archives for genetic monitoring

Conservation Genetics Resources
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Rapid advances in molecular genetic techniques and the statistical analysis of genetic data have revolutionized the way that populations of animals, plants and microorganisms can be monitored. Genetic monitoring is the practice of using molecular genetic markers to track changes in the abundance, diversity or distribution of populations, species or ecosystems over time, and to follow adaptive and non-adaptive genetic responses to changing external conditions. In recent years, genetic monitoring has become a valuable tool in conservation management of biological diversity and ecological analysis, helping to illuminate and define cryptic and poorly understood species and populations. Many of the detected biodiversity declines, changes in distribution and hybridization events have helped to drive changes in policy and management. Because a time series of samples is necessary to detect trends of change in genetic diversity and species composition, archiving is a critical component of genetic monitoring. Here we discuss the collection, development, maintenance, and use of archives for genetic monitoring. This includes an overview of the genetic markers that facilitate effective monitoring, describes how tissue and DNA can be stored, and provides guidelines for proper practice.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Guidelines for collecting and maintaining archives for genetic monitoring
Series title Conservation Genetics Resources
DOI 10.1007/s12686-011-9545-x
Volume 4
Issue 2
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher Conservation Genetics Resources
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 10 p.
First page 527
Last page 536
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