Technical Note

Conservation Genetics

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 1097-1099

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METAPOP—A software for the management and analysis of subdivided populations in conservation programs

  • A. Pérez-FigueroaAffiliated withDepartamento de Bioquímica, Genética e Inmunología, Facultad de Biología, Universidad de Vigo
  • , M. SauraAffiliated withDepartamento de Bioquímica, Genética e Inmunología, Facultad de Biología, Universidad de Vigo
  • , J. FernándezAffiliated withDepartamento de Mejora Genética, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria
  • , M. A. ToroAffiliated withDepartamento de Mejora Genética, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria
  • , Armando CaballeroAffiliated withDepartamento de Bioquímica, Genética e Inmunología, Facultad de Biología, Universidad de Vigo Email author 

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Abstract

We introduce a computer program for the dynamic and flexible management of conserved subdivided populations. Using molecular marker data or pedigree information, the software determines the optimal contributions (i.e., number of offspring) of each individual, the number of migrants, and the particular subpopulations involved in the exchange of individuals in order to maintain the largest level of gene diversity in the whole population with a desired control in the rate of inbreeding. Restrictions can be introduced for the total number of migrants, and the mating of particular pairs and their contribution. A full genetic diversity analysis of the population is carried out. The optimal contribution from each subpopulation to a pool of maximal gene diversity is also provided by the program.

Keywords

Inbreeding Genetic drift Migration Population differentiation