By Richard Frankham
Meant for people with a constrained heritage in genetic experiences, this concise, entry-level textual content in conservation genetics is gifted in a simple structure, with details in actual fact highlighted. Solved difficulties are supplied all through to assist illustrate key equations, even though a simple wisdom of Mendelian genetics and straightforward information is thought. A word list and proposals for additional examining supply extra help for the reader. quite a few pen-and-ink pix of endangered species deliver the fabric to existence. additionally to be had: advent to Conservation Genetics "...balance[s] pupil desire for readability and brevity with the necessities of conservation execs for unique applications." selection 0-521-63014-2 Hardback $130.00 C 0-521-63985-9 Paperback $50.00 D
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E. p2 + 2pq + q2 = (p + q)2 = 1. 0 The frequencies of the two alleles have not changed, indicating that allele frequencies are in equilibrium. Consequently, allele and genotype frequencies are at equilibrium after one generation of random mating and remain so in perpetuity in the absence of other inﬂuences. Hardy--Weinberg equilibrium is expected for all loci, except for those located on sex chromosomes. These sex-linked loci have different doses of loci in males and females and have Hardy--Weinberg equilibria that differ from those for non sex-linked (autosomal loci) loci.
Genetic diversity for a quantitative character is typically determined by measuring similarities in the trait among many related individuals and determining the proportion of the phenotypic variation that is heritable (heritability). We will discuss this in Chapter 3. Deleterious alleles The extent of diversity in populations attributable to deleterious alleles is critical in conservation biology because these alleles reduce viability and reproductive ﬁtness when they become homozygous through inbreeding.
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A Primer of Conservation Genetics by Richard Frankham