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Adaptation of microsatellite loci for the deer species complex (Mazama americana Erxleben, 1777)

Grant number: 16/25476-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2017
Effective date (End): February 28, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal researcher:José Maurício Barbanti Duarte
Grantee:Gabrielle Queiroz Vacari
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias (FCAV). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Jaboticabal. Jaboticabal , SP, Brazil


Stag deer is categorized as deficient data due to observed karyotypic differences leading to important taxonomic uncertainty. Despite its wide distribution, its habitat has been suffering from the fragmentation that limits the species to small and isolated populations. Such scenarios require genetic studies that assess gene flow, inbreeding and better characterize the remaining populations. For the study of genetic variability of populations, microsatellites are widely used, being one of the most polymorphic markers found in the genome today. Thus, in this work, microsatellite markers will be selected and tested for the American Mazama species complex, based on samples from all geographic distribution and genetic variants. (AU)

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