Conservation Genetics

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 1097–1099

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

Authors

  • A. Pérez-Figueroa
    • Departamento de Bioquímica, Genética e Inmunología, Facultad de BiologíaUniversidad de Vigo
  • M. Saura
    • Departamento de Bioquímica, Genética e Inmunología, Facultad de BiologíaUniversidad de Vigo
  • J. Fernández
    • Departamento de Mejora Genética, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria
  • M. A. Toro
    • Departamento de Mejora Genética, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria
    • Departamento de Bioquímica, Genética e Inmunología, Facultad de BiologíaUniversidad de Vigo
Technical Note

DOI: 10.1007/s10592-008-9718-7

Cite this article as:
Pérez-Figueroa, A., Saura, M., Fernández, J. et al. Conserv Genet (2009) 10: 1097. doi:10.1007/s10592-008-9718-7

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

InbreedingGenetic driftMigrationPopulation differentiation

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