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Development of genetic tools for Conservation, management and protection of Black-cockatoos

White, N.E., Spencer, P.ORCID: 0000-0002-4938-2615 and Bunce, M. (2007) Development of genetic tools for Conservation, management and protection of Black-cockatoos. In: Fourth Biennial Australasian Ornithological Conference, 3 - 5 December, Perth, Western Australia.


Genetic tools are an effective, non-invasive method for gaining an understanding into taxonomic structure, genetic structure, movement and biodiversity of endangered populations. Nuclear and mitochondrial markers are being developed with the following aims; (1) gain an understanding of the underlying diversity and taxonomic structure of Black-cockatoos in Western Australia; (2) discriminate cockatoo species and their provenance; (3) calibrate current levels of genetic structure within present day populations using historical museum specimens; and (4) contribute towards the prosecution of illegal wildlife traffickers. This research will involve cockatoo and parrot species from across Australia to facilitate the construction of a comprehensive DNA database.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
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