International Journal of Genomics

How Can Genomic Tools Contribute to the Conservation of Endangered Organisms


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1Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

2Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale ISPRA, Roma, Italy

3University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain

4Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands

5Experimentele Planten Ecologie, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, Netherlands


How Can Genomic Tools Contribute to the Conservation of Endangered Organisms

Description

All living organisms are faced with a multitude of challenges in their natural environment, such as climate change, disease predation, competition, and habitat disturbance. In the short term, animals and plants can acclimatize to shifting environmental conditions by developing and expressing particular traits in response to local environmental conditions (phenotypic plasticity). Organisms can also react to the shifting environment by dispersing, even if such an option is not always available, for example, if the landscape is too fragmented. The last type of response is evolution via genic selection leading to adaptation. However, populations and species are going to persist in an altered environment, only if they can invoke a response.

The genome of a species contains signatures of these responses that may be studied with genetic markers. We are interested in filling gaps in the knowledge about past demographic history of organisms and which factors ultimately shape genomic variation in populations using the very latest, innovative techniques in next-generation sequencing. The incorporation of technological developments in molecular biology and the ongoing development of genomic tools, like SNPs and next-generation sequencing, and genomic-based approaches, like full genome scans and gene-expression pattern analysis, make it possible to address questions that until now were hard to tackle. There is an urgent need for empirical studies on nonmodel organisms which can contribute to the emerging disciplines of population genomics and landscape genomics. Such studies are necessary if we want to show how these advancements in molecular techniques and approaches might allow conservation genetics to make a big leap forward.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Genomic consequences of inbreeding
  • Inbreeding by environment interaction
  • Genomic and epigenomic consequences of outbreeding
  • Genomic and epigenomic mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity
  • Transcriptome, metabolomics, and proteomic techniques applied to conservation biology
  • The emerging discipline of landscape genomics, detection of signature of selection using genomic techniques

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 4712487
  • - Editorial

How Can Genomic Tools Contribute to the Conservation of Endangered Organisms

Cino Pertoldi | Ettore Randi | ... | Joop Ouborg
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2152847
  • - Research Article

Novel Graphical Analyses of Runs of Homozygosity among Species and Livestock Breeds

Laura Iacolina | Astrid V. Stronen | ... | Deirdre C. Purfield
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3654093
  • - Research Article

Using Genome-Wide SNP Discovery and Genotyping to Reveal the Main Source of Population Differentiation in Nothofagus dombeyi (Mirb.) Oerst. in Chile

Rodrigo Hasbún | Jorge González | ... | Eduardo Ruiz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2374610
  • - Review Article

Integrating Genomic Data Sets for Knowledge Discovery: An Informed Approach to Management of Captive Endangered Species

Kristopher J. L. Irizarry | Doug Bryant | ... | Margaret C. Barr
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2157494
  • - Research Article

A Quantitative Genomic Approach for Analysis of Fitness and Stress Related Traits in a Drosophila melanogaster Model Population

Palle Duun Rohde | Kristian Krag | ... | Torsten Nygaard Kristensen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5304028
  • - Review Article

The Microbiome of Animals: Implications for Conservation Biology

Simon Bahrndorff | Tibebu Alemu | ... | Jeppe Lund Nielsen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 4395153
  • - Research Article

Differential Methylation of Genomic Regions Associated with Heteroblasty Detected by M&M Algorithm in the Nonmodel Species Eucalyptus globulus Labill.

Rodrigo Hasbún | Carolina Iturra | ... | Luis Valledor
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5613862
  • - Research Article

The Use of Genomics in Conservation Management of the Endangered Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons)

Rascha J. M. Nuijten | Mirte Bosse | ... | Hendrik-Jan Megens
International Journal of Genomics
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