Title

Application of molecular genetic markers to conservation of freshwater bivalves

Abstract

Freshwater bivalves (Unionacea) are among the most endangered faunal elements in North America. Molecular genetic studies have much to offer conservation efforts directed to this declining fauna. Molecular genetic data can provide information needed to identify evolutionarily significant units, resolve taxonomic ambiguities, describe population structure, evaluate impacts of habitat fragmentation and reduced gene flow among populations, reconstruct phylogenetic relationships, clarify fish host-glochidia relationships, and provide evidence in legal actions. Molecular genetic techniques and their application to freshwater bivalves are reviewed.

Department(s)

Biology

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Keywords

Conservation, Freshwater bivalves, Genetics, Molecular markers, Unionacea

Publication Date

12-1-1998

Journal Title

Journal of Shellfish Research

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