Biology Lecture No. 8: Conservation Genetics
Wednesday September 26 , 2012
-Conservation genetics is defined as the application of population genetic theory and techniques to
study population size in threatened species, with the ultimate goal of providing solutions to those
Concepts In Conservation Genetics:
-Many concepts in conservation genetics that derive from principles of population genetics include:
Genetic drift in the case of small populations.
The loss of genetic diversity.
Inbreeding depression in the case of small populations.
Reduction in gene flow in the case of small, fragmented populations.
The loss of evolutionary potential.
-And from molecular genetics:
The sequencing of DNA to resolve taxonomic uncertainties and identify management units.
Case Study (The Greater Prairie Chicken):
-The Greater Prairie Chicken inhabited