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Grouse genomics – using next generation sequencing methods for conservation of grouse

Project Leader
Kunz Florian, Project Leader
Type of Research
Basic Research
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection
Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management
Funded by
Hochschuljubiläumsfonds der Stadt Wien, 1010 Wien, Austria
Wildlife habitats are in constant change driven by natural and anthropogenic factors. Indicator species like the black grouse are especially affected. Degradation and fragmentation of habitat leads to spatially differentiated subpopulations, accompanied by a loss of genetic variablity and an increase in extinction risk. Conservation actions therefore need to be based on genetic and genomic analyses.
While traditional conservation genetic approaches are well established, high throughput sequencing methods offer promising results that can be used in conjunction with traditional methods to deduce targeted management actions. We aim to analyse genetic diversity and population structure of an eastern Alpine black grouse metapopulation. We will draw conclusions based on comparisons with traditional methods, and especially look into more differentiated eastern subpopulations from a conservation perspective. Additionally, we aim to use high throughput sequeincing on non-invase sample material.
Biodiversity research; Genetics; Genomics; Population genetics;
black grouse; conservation genomics; Rad sequencing;
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