Course: Population Genetics and Protection of Biodiversity

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Course title Population Genetics and Protection of Biodiversity
Course code VURH/PGPB
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Kolešová Anna, MSc. Ph.D.
Course content
The following topics of lectures: 1. Basic concepts, genetic variability in populations; 2. Random fertilization, Hardy-Weinberg principle; 3. Special cases of accidental fertilization; 4. Unintentional fertilization, inbriding, effective population size; 5. Small populations, genetic drift, founder effect; 6. Mutation and migration; 7. Natural selection; 8. Utilization of molecular biological methods in population study; 9. Population genetics in fish breeding; 10. Genofond, origin and significance of gene resources of fish; 11. Gene sources of carp in the Czech Republic and in Europe; 12. Gene sources of other species of fish and aquatic organisms; 13. Protecting and restoring fish genetic resources; 14. Identification of the origin of fish and aquatic organisms, DNA fingerprinting and its limits. Exercises will be based on topics of lectures and will include lectures of related topics. Practice will also include the most important types of calculations and familiarization students with work in a molecular laboratory.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Work with text (with textbook, with book), Laboratory
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 15 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 20 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 15 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The main aim of the present subject is to familiar students with the basic principles of genetic diversity of populations, clarify the processes which affect genetic diversity in populations, describe the ways in which genetic diversity is evaluated (quantifying) and explain how genetic diversity can be effectively exploited, protected and preserved
Students have the basic knowledge in genetics and molecular biology as well as know the basic methods used in molecular biology laboratories.
Prerequisites
unspecified

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

The credit is awarded after passing all lectures and laboratory assignments.
Recommended literature
  • Allendorf, F.W., Luikart, G. Conservation and genetics of populations. Blackwell Publishing. Oxford. UK. 642 pp., 2007.
  • Groom M. J., Meffe G. K. et Caroll C. R. Principles of Conservation Biology. 3 Ed. Sinauer Associates, nc., Sunderland Massachusetts., 2006.
  • Primack R. B., Kindlamann P et Jersáková J. Biologické principy ochrany přírody. Portál, Praha., 2001.
  • Relichová J. Genetika populací. Masarykova univerzita. Brno. 188 pp, 2009.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Fishery and Protection of Waters (2020) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters Study plan (Version): Fishery and Protection of Waters (2021) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter