An overlooked DNA source for non-invasive genetic analysis in birds

Márton B. Horváth, Begoña Martínez-Cruz, Juan J. Negro, L. Kalmár, José A. Godoy

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Abstract

Non-invasive sampling is a useful tool for genetic analyses of endangered and/or elusive species, but it is often inapplicable due to the low quality and quantity of the DNA obtained. In this study we show that the blood clot located in the superior umbilicus of the feather shaft is a better source of DNA than the previously used tip samples from moulted feathers. We found that feather clots from museum specimens provided results nearly as good as footpad and better than those from the more commonly used museum skin snips. Feather clots proved to be a good source of DNA for genetic analysis that will significantly facilitate genetic monitoring of wild bird populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Avian Biology
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

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An overlooked DNA source for non-invasive genetic analysis in birds. / Horváth, Márton B.; Martínez-Cruz, Begoña; Negro, Juan J.; Kalmár, L.; Godoy, José A.

In: Journal of Avian Biology, Vol. 36, No. 1, 01.2005, p. 84-88.

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Horváth, Márton B. ; Martínez-Cruz, Begoña ; Negro, Juan J. ; Kalmár, L. ; Godoy, José A. / An overlooked DNA source for non-invasive genetic analysis in birds. In: Journal of Avian Biology. 2005 ; Vol. 36, No. 1. pp. 84-88.
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