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Conservation Genetics

Conservation genetics is the application of the tools and concepts of genetics to the conservation of biological resources. Once too sophisticated and expensive for routine use, the tools of conservation genetics are now widely used to address many complex management questions. These novel methods of analysis can augment assessments made with traditional methods and can bring new information to light. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is well suited to provide scientific information and expertise using these tools to support the management of biological resources. The management applications of conservation genetics include inferring relationships to identify units of management and evaluate taxonomy, identifying individuals for estimation of population characteristics, associating environmental features with breaks in genetic continuity, and propagating wild or domesticated stocks.

Conservation Genetics in the USGS fact sheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2006/3108/

 



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