Population genetic structure of the Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii) in western Europe and the associated occurrence of rabies

Atterby, Helen, Aegerter, James N., Smith, Graham C., Conyers, Christine M., Allnutt, Theodore R., Ruedi, Manuel and MacNicoll, Alan D. 2010, Population genetic structure of the Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii) in western Europe and the associated occurrence of rabies, European journal of wildlife research, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 67-81, doi: 10.1007/s10344-009-0292-1.

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Title Population genetic structure of the Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii) in western Europe and the associated occurrence of rabies
Author(s) Atterby, Helen
Aegerter, James N.
Smith, Graham C.
Conyers, Christine M.
Allnutt, Theodore R.ORCID iD for Allnutt, Theodore R. orcid.org/0000-0002-1347-3777
Ruedi, Manuel
MacNicoll, Alan D.
Journal name European journal of wildlife research
Volume number 56
Issue number 1
Start page 67
End page 81
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2010-02
ISSN 1612-4642
Keyword(s) microsatellite
gene flow
Myotis daubentonii
Summary The Daubenton's bat is widespread and common in the UK and countries bordering the English Channel and North Sea. European bat lyssavirus 2 (EBLV-2), a rabies virus, has been detected in Daubenton's bats in the UK and continental Europe. Investigating the relatedness of colonies and gene flow between these regions would allow regional estimates of the movement of Daubenton's bats and thus the potential for disease transmission. The genetic structure of the Daubenton's bat in western Europe was investigated by analysing variability at eight microsatellite loci. Genetic diversity was found to be high at all sites (HE = 0.73-0.84), with little differentiation between bats sampled in the UK and continental Europe. Mantel tests indicated a significant correlation between geographic distance and pair-wise FST (P = 0.000), between colonies sampled in Scotland and northern England. However, this was not continuous throughout the sampled range, with evidence of panmixia within the area sampled in continental Europe. Assignment tests show no evidence that the (potential) EBLV-2 sero-positive and virus positive bats were more likely to have originated from the continental rather than UK populations. There is no sufficient significant genetic differentiation amongst most UK and continental colonies to conclude that EBLV-2 is maintained in the UK by immigration. Results show that it is likely to be maintained at a low endemic level within the UK. The relative genetic uniformity of UK and continental populations implies that there is no migration barrier to EBLV-2, between these regions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10344-009-0292-1
Field of Research 060411 Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
0608 Zoology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Springer-Verlag
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