volume 7, issue 1, P9-16 2004
DOI: 10.1017/s1367943003001161
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Abstract: Maintenance of genetic diversity is critical for the preservation of small populations. Most captive populations are small and managers focus their efforts on reducing extinction risks by minimising loss of genetic diversity. To project changes in genetic diversity, managers use a genetic drift model. We used data from 40 managed captive populations to test whether this drift model is a good predictor of change in genetic diversity by comparing projected 10-year trajectories of annual loss in expected heteroz…

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