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Development and characterization of thirteen microsatellite loci in Clark's nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)

Conservation Genetics Resources

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DOI: 10.1007/s12686-012-9789-0

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Abstract

Clark’s nutcrackers are important seed dispersers for two widely-distributed western North American conifers, whitebark pine and limber pine, which are declining due to outbreaks of mountain pine beetle and white pine blister rust. Because nutcracker seed dispersal services are key to maintaining viable populations of these imperiled pines, knowledge of movement patterns of Clark’s nutcrackers helps managers understand local extinction risks for these trees. To investigate population structure within Clark’s nutcracker, we developed primers for and characterized 13 polymorphic microsatellite loci. In a screen of 22 individuals from one population, levels of variability ranged from 6 to 15 alleles. No loci were found to be linked, although 4 loci revealed significant departures from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium and evidence of null alleles. These microsatellite loci will enable population genetic analyses of Clark’s nutcrackers, which could provide insights into the spatial relationships between nutcrackers and the trees they help disperse.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Development and characterization of thirteen microsatellite loci in Clark's nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)
Series title:
Conservation Genetics Resources
DOI:
10.1007/s12686-012-9789-0
Volume
5
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Springer
Publisher location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
3 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Conservation Genetics Resources
First page:
303
Last page:
305