Human activities threaten many species worldwide and science-based conservation activities have an increasing importance. Current project integrates genetic methods into the population studies of threatened bird species, the Black Stork, the White-tailed Eagle, the Greater and the Lesser Spotted Eagle and the Willow Grouse. The project includes several fields of conservation genetics, such as identification of population structure, estimation of genetic variability within and between populations, analysis of population fragmentation and inbreeding, dispersal and gene flow, population turnover, sex ratio and development of sexing methods. The outcomes of the study are important for planning further conservation actions for these species, as well as for increasing general knowledge about long-lived birds characterised by the small population size.
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