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Philip Francis Thomsen

Population characteristics of a large whale shark aggregation inferred from seawater environmental DNA

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  • Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard
  • Ida Broman Nielsen, Univ Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen, Ctr GeoGenet, Nat Hist Museum Denmark
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  • Steffen Sanvig Bach, Maersk Oil Res & Technol Ctr
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  • Eline D. Lorenzen, Univ Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen, Nat Hist Museum Denmark, Sect Evolutionary Genom
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  • David Philip Robinson, Heriot Watt Univ, Heriot Watt University, Sch Life Sci
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  • Steen Wilhelm Knudsen
  • Mikkel Winther Pedersen, Univ Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen, Ctr GeoGenet, Nat Hist Museum Denmark
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  • Mohammed Al Jaidah, Minist Municipal & Environm
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  • Ludovic Orlando, Univ Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen, Ctr GeoGenet, Nat Hist Museum Denmark
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  • Eske Willerslev, Sanger Inst, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
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  • Peter Rask Moller, Univ Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen, Nat Hist Museum Denmark, Sect Evolutionary Genom
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  • Philip Francis Thomsen

Population genetics is essential for understanding and managing marine ecosystems, but sampling remains challenging. We demonstrate that high-throughput sequencing of seawater environmental DNA can provide useful estimates of genetic diversity in a whale shark (Rhincodontypus) aggregation. We recover similar mitochondrial haplotype frequencies in seawater compared to tissue samples, reliably placing the studied aggregation in a global genetic context and expanding the applications of environmental DNA to encompass population genetics of aquatic organisms.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer0004
TidsskriftNature Ecology and Evolution
Vol/bind1
Nummer1
Antal sider4
ISSN2397-334X
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StatusUdgivet - jan. 2017
Eksternt udgivetJa

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