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The population and landscape genetics of the European badger (Meles meles) in Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Guerrero, Jimena
dc.contributor.author Byrne, Andrew W.
dc.contributor.author Lavery, John
dc.contributor.author Presho, Eleanor
dc.contributor.author Kelly, Gavin
dc.contributor.author Courcier, Emily A.
dc.contributor.author O’Keeffe, James
dc.contributor.author Fogarty, Ursula
dc.contributor.author O’Meara, Denise B.
dc.contributor.author Ensing, Dennis
dc.contributor.author McCormick, Carl
dc.contributor.author Biek, Roman
dc.contributor.author Skuce, Robin
dc.contributor.author Allen, Adrian
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-23T15:38:32Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-23T15:38:32Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-12
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12518/300
dc.identifier.citation Guerrero, J., Byrne, A. W., Lavery, J., Presho, E., Kelly, G., Courcier, E. A., O’Keeffe, J., Fogarty, U., O’Meara, D. B., Ensing, D., McCormick, C., Biek, R., Skuce, R. A. and Allen, A. R. (2018) ‘The population and landscape genetics of the European badger (Meles meles ) in Ireland’, Ecology and Evolution, 8(20), pp. 10233–10246. doi: 10.1002/ece3.4498. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2045-7758 (electronic)
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4498
dc.description Publication history: Accepted - 27 July 2018; Published - 12 September 2018. en_US
dc.description.abstract The population genetic structure of free-ranging species is expected to reflect landscape-level effects. Quantifying the role of these factors and their relative contribution often has important implications for wildlife management. The population genetics of the European badger (Meles meles) have received considerable attention, not least because the species acts as a potential wildlife reservoir for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Britain and Ireland. Herein, we detail the most comprehensive population and landscape genetic study of the badger in Ireland to date—comprised of 454 Irish badger samples, genotyped at 14 microsatellite loci. Bayesian and multivariate clustering methods demonstrated continuous clinal variation across the island, with potentially distinct differentiation observed in Northern Ireland. Landscape genetic analyses identified geographic distance and elevation as the primary drivers of genetic differentiation, in keeping with badgers exhibiting high levels of philopatry. Other factors hypothesized to affect gene flow, including earth worm habitat suitability, land cover type, and the River Shannon, had little to no detectable effect. By providing a more accurate picture of badger population structure and the factors effecting it, these data can guide current efforts to manage the species in Ireland and to better understand its role in bTB. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship DAFM - Department of Food Agriculture and the Marine, Republic of Ireland; Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs for Northern Ireland (DAERA-NI) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.rights © 2018 The Authors. Ecology and Evolution published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. en_US
dc.subject dispersal en_US
dc.subject gene flow en_US
dc.subject landscape en_US
dc.subject population structure en_US
dc.title The population and landscape genetics of the European badger (Meles meles) in Ireland en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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