Population genetic tools for pest management: a review

Population genetic tools have the potential to answer key questions in pest management including quantifying the number of genetically distinct populations represented in an invasion, the number of individuals present, whether populations are expanding or contracting, identifying the origin of invasive individuals, the number of separate introduction events that have occurred and in which order, and the rate that individuals are moving between populations. Genetic methods have only recently gained sufficient resolution to address these questions due to advances in laboratory techniques coupled with an increase in computational power. In combination, these methods may lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of invasions. The expansion of the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) into Western Australia is used as an applied example of how genetic methods can be integrated to provide vital information to improve pest-management strategies. Invasion events also may provide a unique opportunity to test some of these methodologies.

Author Lee Ann Rollins, Andrew P. Woolnough and William B. Sherwin
Date 27/06/2006
Year 2006
Secondary title Wildlife Research
Volume 33
Number 4
Institution University of New South Wales
Department School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Scie
Pages 251-261
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Links https://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/144/paper/WR05106.htm