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Ecological and genetics parameters of a red-brocket-deer (Mazama americana) population by non invasive methodology

Grant number: 08/01377-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2008
Effective date (End): August 31, 2010
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Principal researcher:José Maurício Barbanti Duarte
Grantee:Márcio Leite de Oliveira
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil


The red-brocket-deer (Mazama americana) is a specie spread through out the primaries forests and have been very affected by the deforestation, specially in São Paulo state where it occurs in the seasonal semidecidual forest. The only huge protected area of this habitat in the state is on the Parque Estadual Morro do Diabo, being the other areas so small. Very few areas, excepting the protected ones, are in the original condition what suggest a substantial population decrease of the red-brocket-deer in the state. Aware about this problem, this project proposes to study some ecological and genetics parameters from a reduced red-brocket-deer population. For this study will be used methodologies of DNA extraction, amplification, and identification from faeces samples. The faeces will be found in the field by a detection dog. The samples will be stored on ethanol, and took to the laboratory where the DNA will be extracted. For the specie identification will be studied a region of the citocrome b, to find out the sex the chromosome Y and for individual identification and to estimate the genetic variability the microsatellites makers. With our results we expect to estimate the area's population, sex ratio and genetics variability. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
OLIVEIRA, Márcio Leite de. Molecular analysis of faecal samples of a red brocket deer (Mazama americana) population for obtaining genetic and ecological information. 2010. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALA/BC) Piracicaba.

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