This unit focuses on the practical applications of genetics of the individual and population as it relates to the conservation of Australian plants and animals. Particularly, this unit examines the genetic basis for management decisions and the formulation of conservation-based breeding programs. Applications of genetics and formulation of management plans based on genetics form a major area of study in this unit. Some specific topics involve genetic structuring of populations, gene flow and fragmentation, hybridization and retaining genetic diversity in limited populations.
RBF1310 - Biology 1
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|1.||Describe and elucidate the role and importance of genetics to the management of species and populations and its application to the field of natural resource management as a whole, including the limitations of genetic data;|
|2.||Formulate and argue a theoretical basis on which to base management decisions aimed at long-term conservation of genetic resources in a population;|
|3.||Construct and exhibit a practical understanding of the methods used in modern genetics and how these tools can be applied to the management of species and populations;|
|4.||Critically analyse published data relating to taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships and their implications for conservation and reproductive interventions such as manual pollination or selective breeding.|
|Report||Practical reports and simulations||20%|
|Assignment||Written Assignment (2,000 words)||30%|
|Presentation||Class Presentation of the assignment (30 min)||30%|
|Report||Lab Report (2,000 words)||20%|
Introduction to Conservation Genetics
Frankham. R., Ballou, J.D., Briscoe, D.A., (2010)
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
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