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Conservation and the Genetics of Populations

Fred W. Allendorf and Gordon Luikart 
Blackwell  June 2006  



Hardback  644 pp., 215 illus.  ISBN 9781405121453      £45.00
Conservation and the Genetics of Populations gives a comprehensive overview of the essential background, concepts, and tools needed to understand how genetic information can be used to develop conservation plans for species threatened with extinction.

  • Provides a thorough understanding of the genetic basis of biological problems in conservation.
  • Uses a balance of data and theory, and basic and applied research, with examples taken from both the animal and plant kingdoms.
  • An associated website contains example data sets and software programs to illustrate population genetic processes and methods of data analysis.
  • Discussion questions and problems are included at the end of each chapter to aid understanding.
  • Features Guest Boxes written by leading people in the field including James F. Crow, Nancy FitzSimmons, Robert C. Lacy, Michael W. Nachman, Michael E. Soule, Andrea Taylor, Loren H. Rieseberg, R.C. Vrijenhoek, Lisette Waits, Robin S. Waples and Andrew Young.
  • For supplementary information designed to support Conservation and the Genetics of Populations including:

Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION

    1. Introduction
    2. Phenotypic Variation in Natural Populations
    3. Genetic Variation in Natural Populations: Chromosomes and Proteins
    4. Genetic Variation in Natural Populations: DNA

PART II: MECHANISMS OF EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE

    5. Random Mating Populations: Hardy-Weinberg Principle
    6. Small Populations and Genetic Drift
    7. Effective Population Size
    8. Natural Selection
    9. Population Subdivision
    10. Multiple Loci
    11. Quantitative Genetics
    12. Mutation

PART III: GENETICS AND CONSERVATION

    13. Inbreeding Depression
    14. Demography and Extinction
    15. Metapopulations and Fragmentation
    16. Units of Conservation
    17. Hybridization
    18. Conservation Breeding and Restoration
    19. Invasive Species
    20. Forensic and Management Applications of Genetic Identification

Glossary
Appendix: Probability and Statistics
References
Index

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