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Rocky Mountain Center for Conservation Genetics and Systematics

Fact Sheet 2005-3138

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Abstract

The use of molecular genetic tools has become increasingly important in addressing conservation issues pertaining to plants and animals. Genetic information can be used to augment studies of population dynamics and population viability, investigate systematic, refine taxonomic definitions, investigate population structure and gene flow, and document genetic diversity in a variety of plant and animal species. Further, genetic techniques are being used to investigate mating systems through paternity analysis, and analyze ancient DNA samples from museum specimens, and estimate population size and survival rates using DNA as a unique marker. Such information is essential for the sound management of small, isolated populations of concern and is currently being used by universities, zoos, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and numerous state fish and wildlife agenciesa?|

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Rocky Mountain Center for Conservation Genetics and Systematics
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2005-3138
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
2 p.
First page:
0
Last page:
2
Number of Pages:
2