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Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2005 Jul 29;360(1459):1367-78.

Characterization and conservation of genetic diversity in subdivided populations.

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  • 1Departamento de Mejora Genética, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Carretera de La Coruña km.7, 28040 Madrid, Spain.


We review the available tools for analysing genetic diversity in conservation programmes of subdivided populations. Ways for establishing conservation priorities have been developed in the context of livestock populations, both from the classical population genetic analysis and from the more recent Weitzman's approach. We discuss different reasons to emphasize either within or between-population variation in conservation decisions and the methodology to establish some compromise. The comparison between neutral and quantitative variation is reviewed from both theoretical and empirical points of view, and the different procedures for the dynamic management of conserved subdivided populations are discussed.

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