Promoting collaboration between livestock and wildlife conservation genetics communities
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The collaboration between livestock and wildlife conservation genetics communities has the potential to help promote shared priorities, with respect to emerging technologies and new analytical approaches such as next generation sequencing incorporating adaptive variation. The GLOBALDIV Consortium recently organized an international workshop held at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) including a whole-day session with contributions aimed at taking stock of the situation regarding the extent of information and methodology exchange between the two communities. Discussions permitted the identification of potential benefits of further promoting cooperation in the context of genetic monitoring in particular, a central concept to current concerns for both the livestock and wildlife conservation communities.
KeywordsGenetic monitoring Convention on Biological Diversity Population adaptive index Next generation sequencing Landscape genomics Introgression
We thank the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (http://www.blw.admin.ch) and the GLOBALDIV project (www.globaldiv.eu) for the financial support given to the workshop. F.W. Allendorf’s contribution was part of the ‘Working Group on Genetic Monitoring: Development of Tools for Conservation and Management’ supported by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (US NSF #EF-0423641) and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (US NSF #DEB- 0553768).
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