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Molecular markers in the identification of hybrids and genetic introgression in Pseudoplatystoma corruscans and Pseudoplatystoma reticulatum populations.

Grant number: 09/18326-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2010
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal Investigator:Fábio Porto-Foresti
Grantee:Fernanda Dotti do Prado
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências (FC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil


Hybridization between different species of fish has been performed artificially in order to produce advantageous fishes. However, this practice can lead to serious problems such as genetic contamination of cultivated stocks, escapes of hybrids into the natural environment, genetic introgression and even the genetic extinction of parental species. Hybrids between Pseudoplatystoma corruscans (pintad) and Pseudoplatystoma reticulatum (cachara) has been produced in several fish farms in Brazil, which, in captivity, may have fertility, and backcross with both pure species. The identification of parental lines and F1 or post F1 hybrid strains is crucial for the development of a proper monitoring and management of these individuals in fish farms, as well for a monitoring of the natural environment, avoiding the risks that hibridization represent to the environment. This study aim to obtain molecular markers for a quickly and precise identification of hybrids involving the species P. corruscans and P. reticulatum. These markers will be usefull for the monitoring of the natural environment, allowing an assessment of the actual benefits and risks that may result from the production of hybrid and provide subsidies for projects of protection and conservation of pure parental species.

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Scientific publications
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DO PRADO, FERNANDA DOTTI; FERNANDEZ-CEBRIAN, RAQUEL; HASHIMOTO, DIOGO TERUO; SENHORINI, JOSE AUGUSTO; FORESTI, FAUSTO; MARTINEZ, PAULINO; PORTO-FORESTI, FABIO. Hybridization and genetic introgression patterns between two South American catfish along their sympatric distribution range. Hydrobiologia, v. 788, n. 1, p. 319-343, . (09/18326-4)
Academic Publications
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PRADO, Fernanda Dotti do. Marcadores moleculares na identificação de híbridos e introgressão genética em populações de Pseudoplatystoma corruscans e Pseudoplatystoma reticulatim. 2014. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Instituto de Biociências. Botucatu Botucatu.

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