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Population genetic tools for pest management : a review

journal contribution
posted on 2006-06-01, 00:00 authored by Lee Rollins, A Woolnough, W Sherwin
Population genetic tools have the potential to answer key questions in pest management including quantifying the number of genetically distinct populations represented in an invasion, the number of individuals present, whether populations are expanding or contracting, identifying the origin of invasive individuals, the number of separate introduction events that have occurred and in which order, and the rate that individuals are moving between populations. Genetic methods have only recently gained sufficient resolution to address these questions due to advances in laboratory techniques coupled with an increase in computational power. In combination, these methods may lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of invasions. The expansion of the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) into Western Australia is used as an applied example of how genetic methods can be integrated to provide vital information to improve pest-management strategies. Invasion events also may provide a unique opportunity to test some of these methodologies.

History

Journal

Wildlife research

Volume

33

Issue

4

Pagination

251 - 261

Publisher

CISRO Publishing

Location

Collingwood, Vic

ISSN

1035-3712

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, CSIRO