Genetic Indicators for State of the Environment Reporting

Australia: State of the Environment Technical Paper Series (Biodiversity), Series 1
A Brown, A Young, J Burdon, L Christidis, G Clarke, D Coates and W Sherwin
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1997
ISBN 0 642 25287 4

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About the Technical Paper

Seven indicators of genetic diversity for state of the environment reporting in Australia are described. These are: number of sub-specific taxa, population size, numbers and isolation, environmental amplitude of populations, genetic diversity at marker loci within individual populations, quantitative genetic variation, inter-population genetic structure, and mating. A rationale, monitoring strategy, and list of potential data sources are given for each indicator. The selection of target taxa against which to monitor the indicators, interpretation of the indicators, and research needs are discussed.