Conservation Genetics laboratory


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Protocols for amplification of DNA from scat samples of lions Panthera leo persica) and tigers (Panthera tigris) were standardized and 13 micro-satellite loci were amplified.This componentConservation Genetics laboratory of the study aims at understanding the genetic diversity amongst Gir lions and understanding the meta-population structure and population genetics amongst the tigers of central India.

Intensive scat collection from Kanha Tiger Reserve has also been undertaken for attempting population estimation through polymorphic micro-satellite loci and comparing it with mark-recapture estimates of camera trap data. DNA data from captured tigers (for telemetry study) is being used for kinship determination and estimating errors associated with scat amplified DNA analysis.

Contact: Dr.Y. V. Jhala
Email: jhalay [at] wii [dot] gov [dot] in