Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Forest Corridors and Conservation Genetics

Here are two related articles focusing on the importance of forest corridor maintenance for genetic diversity. Populations of two species (Panthera pardus fusca and Panthera tigris) were studied in India. "Meta-populations" composed of fragmented populations living in protected areas which were connected by corridors were analyzed for genetic diversity via faecal  genetic analysis. In both species, the sub-populations were found to have high genetic variation, low genetic subdivision, and highly admixed genetic populations. This kind of research shows that forest corridors are successful tools in conservation genetics and have relevance to many primate conservation efforts. (For example, "living fence" initiatives are quite interesting!) 



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