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Identification of management units using population genetic data
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Toxicology.
2007 (English)In: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, ISSN 0169-5347, E-ISSN 1872-8383, Vol. 22, no 1, 11-16 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The identification of management units (MUs) is central to the management of natural populations and is crucial for monitoring the effects of human activity upon species abundance. Here, we propose that the identification of MUs from population genetic data should be based upon the amount of genetic divergence at which populations become demographically independent instead of the current criterion that focuses on rejecting panmixia. MU status should only be assigned when the observed estimate of genetic divergence is significantly greater than a predefined threshold value. We emphasize the need for a demographic interpretation of estimates of genetic divergence given that it is often the dispersal rate of individuals that is the parameter of immediate interest to conservationists rather than the historical amount of gene flow.

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2007. Vol. 22, no 1, 11-16 p.
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bear ursus-arctos, migration rates, evolutionary processes, conservation genetics, pacific salmon, microsatellite, divergence, diversity, flow, environment
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Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57519DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2006.09.003ISI: 000243552900006OAI: diva2:416262
authorCount :3Available from: 2011-05-11 Created: 2011-05-11 Last updated: 2011-05-11Bibliographically approved

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