Evolution and connectivity in the world-wide migration system of the mallard: Inferences from mitochondrial DNA

R.H.S. Kraus, A. Zeddeman, W.F. van Hooft, D. Sartakov, S.A. Soloviev, R.C. Ydenberg, H.H.T. Prins

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Abstract

Main waterfowl migration systems are well understood through ringing activities. However, in mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) ringing studies suggest deviations from general migratory trends and traditions in waterfowl. Furthermore, surprisingly little is known about the population genetic structure of mallards, and studying it may yield insight into the spread of diseases such as Avian Influenza, and in management and conservation of wetlands. The study of evolution of genetic diversity and subsequent partitioning thereof during the last glaciation adds to ongoing discussions on the general evolution of waterfowl populations and flyway evolution. Hypothesised mallard flyways are tested explicitly by analysing mitochondrial mallard DNA from the whole northern hemisphere.
Original languageEnglish
Article number99
JournalBMC Genetics
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • duck anas-platyrhynchos
  • influenza-a viruses
  • avian influenza
  • bird migration
  • population-structure
  • north-america
  • black ducks
  • gene flow
  • hybridization
  • philopatry

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