What is an adequate sample size for population genetics and forage ground mixed stock analysis?

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What is an adequate sample size for population genetics and forage ground mixed stock analysis?

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This is difficult to answer because sample size is dependent on location and an adequate size is dependent upon the questions being addressed. Work with microsatellites, for instance will require much larger sample sizes than earlier work done with mtDNA. There was a suggestion that minimum sample size for mixed stock analysis using Maximum Liklihood should be 200. We acknowledged the value of obtaining and archiving samples from as many nesting and foraging populations on a routine basis where other fieldwork is ongoing. Genetic sampling could be incorporated into routine fieldwork, alongside tagging and data collection wherever possible. The possibility of temporal variation in haplotype frequencies needs to be further explored through multiple-year sampling. The following were also discussed: LISTSERV DISCUSSION NETWORK AND WEB SITE: We discussed the idea of a genetics listserv discussion network and creating a web site to post protocols, publications and guidelines on. The listserv

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