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. Students engage with real-world applications of genetic methods in biodiversity conservation.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Recommended texts and other reading and course materials will be listed in VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):