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Department
Biology
Course
Biology 3466B
Professor
Yolanda Morbey
Semester
Fall

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Evolution NotesOct 2011 Conservation genetics is the application of population genetic theory and techniques to study problems associated with small population size in threatened species with the ultimate goal of providing solutions to those problems Contemporary extinctions are mostly due to overhunting There are many more species that are threatened Concepts in conservation geneticsFrom population geneticsinbreeding depression genetic drift loss of evolutionary potential population fragmentation and reduction in gene flow beneficial allele cant get into population because of gene flowFrom molecular geneticssequence DNA to resolve taxonomic uncertainties and identify management unitsAn example is the greater prairie chicken The population of this bird has declined rapidly in the prairies of Illinois In 1837 the steel plow was invented which changed the prairie landscape and therefore the habitat of these birds A hunting ban and conservation efforts were imposed to try and increa
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