• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 

 

 

 
 
THE WORK OF AN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH TEAM COORDINATED BY PAULO CÉLIO ALVES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF MOLECULAR APPROACHES TO DETECT INTROGRESSION BETWEEN DOMESTIC CATS AND EUROPEAN WILDCATS HAS MADE THE COVER OF THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL HEREDITY
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The lovely image of a European wildcat climbing a tree that appears in the front cover of the latest issue of the journal Heredity highlights the study developed in the context of the PhD project of Rita Oliveira (former CIBIO-InBIO member and student at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto), carried out in collaboration with an international team and under the supervision of CIBIO-InBIO researcher Paulo Célio Alves on the development of molecular methods to detect hybridization between domestic and wild cats.

 

The paper “Toward a genome-wide approach for detecting hybrids: informative SNPs to detect introgression between domestic cats and European wildcats (Felis silvestris)”, co-authored by the researchers, details the outcomes of the analysis of the genetic variation observed for 158 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 274 animals - 139 domestic cats, 130 European wildcats and 5 captive-bred hybrids. In this study, the researchers were able to improve the estimates of admixture, allowing the correct identification of over 90%, and propose a smaller set of 35 highly informative SNPs for hybrid detection.

 

These results represents an important contribution to support conservation programs for preserving the natural populations of the European Wildcat, whose gene pool has been threatened by human-mediated action leading to its hybridization with stray domestic cats.

 

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Posted in 2015-08-15