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Biology 3466B
Yolanda Morbey

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Handout 5: conservation genetics • 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 • Concepts in conservation genetics: o from population genetics:  Genetic drift  Loss of genetic diversity  Inbreeding depression  Reduction in geneflow  Loss of evolutionary potential o From molecular genetics:  Sequence DNA to resolve taxonomic uncertainties and identify management units • Example: greater prairie chicken • Destruction of the prairie did 2 things to the prairie chicken population
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