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Data from: Empowering conservation practice with efficient and economical genotyping from poor quality samples

Citation

Natesh, Meghana et al. (2019), Data from: Empowering conservation practice with efficient and economical genotyping from poor quality samples, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.q15pc00

Abstract

1. Moderate to high density genotyping (100+ SNPs) is widely used to determine and measure individual identity, relatedness, fitness, population structure and migration in wild populations. 2. However, these important tools are difficult to apply when high-quality genetic material is unavailable. Most genomic tools are developed for high quality DNA sources from lab or medical settings. As a result, most genetic data from market or field settings is limited to easily-amplified mitochondrial DNA or a few microsatellites. 3. To enable genotyping in conservation contexts, we used next-generation sequencing of multiplex PCR products from very low-quality DNA extracted from feces, hair, and cooked samples. We demonstrated utility and wide-ranging potential application in endangered wild tigers and tracking commercial trade in Caribbean queen conch. 4. We genotyped 100 SNPs from degraded tiger samples to identify individuals, discern close relatives, and detect population differentiation. Co-occurring carnivores do not amplify (e.g. Indian wild dog/Dhole) or are monomorphic (e.g. leopard). 62 SNPs from conch fritters and field-collected samples were used to test relatedness and detect population structure. 5. We provide proof-of-concept for a rapid, simple, cost-effective, and scalable method (for both samples and number of loci), a framework that can be applied to other conservation scenarios previously limited by low quality DNA samples. These approaches provide a critical advance for wildlife monitoring and forensics, open the door to field-ready testing, and will strengthen the use of science in policy decisions and wildlife trade.

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Caribbean Islands
Florida and the Caribbean Islands
Florida
India