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Genetic differentiation among European whitefish ecotypes based on microsatellite data
Uppsala universitet.
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2008 (English)In: Hereditas, ISSN 0018-0661, E-ISSN 1601-5223, Vol. 145, no 2, 69-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The amount of genetic differentiation at DNA microsatellite loci in European whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus) was assessed among ecotypes, populations and run-timing types. The magnitude of genetic changes potentially caused by hatchery broodstock rearing were also compared with those observed in corresponding natural populations. A total of 35 populations were studied, including 33 Coregonus lavaretus populations and two samples of Coregonus peled. Five of the six whitefish ecotypes in Finland were represented within C. lavaretus populations. Genetic diversity among C. lavaretus populations proved to be high compared to two C. peled populations. The genetic D-A distance between these two species was as high as 0.86. The genetic differentiation among ecotypes was generally low and thus gives support for the hypothesis of one native European whitefish species in Scandinavia. Among the ecotypes the northern, large sparsely-rakered, bottom-dwelling whitefish was most unique. Thus, observed genetic differences in quantitative traits have either developed independently of phylogenetic lineages, or have mixed and later changed according to environments and selection pressures. Overall genetic distances between the anadromous whitefish populations along the Finnish coast, especially in the Bothnian Bay area, were small. Populations of this area have been heavily influenced by human activities, and they also have the highest probability of mixing by natural means. In two cases, the Rivers Iijoki and Tornionjoki, statistically significant genetic differences could be observed between summer- and autumn-run spawning-time types. Wild populations had slightly higher allelic diversity than hatchery-reared populations of corresponding rivers. Although some reduction in genetic diversity during hatchery rearing is possible, it is an important aid in maintaining endangered populations.

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2008. Vol. 145, no 2, 69-83 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-61556DOI: 10.1111/j.2008.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-61556DiVA: diva2:436313
Available from: 2011-08-24 Created: 2011-08-23 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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