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To what extent do microsatellite markers reflect genome‐wide genetic diversity in natural populations?
The results imply that variability at microsatellite marker sets typically used in population studies may not accurately reflect the underlying genomic diversity, and researchers should consider using resequencing‐based approaches for assessing genetic diversity when accurate inference is critical, as in many conservation and management contexts. Expand
Insertion-deletion polymorphisms (indels) as genetic markers in natural populations
It is suggested that indels will come to form an important source of genetic markers, easy and cheap to genotype, for studies of natural populations, showing their utility even in a population with low genetic diversity. Expand
Genetic structure and phylogeography of a European flagship species, the white-tailed sea eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
Europe was confirmed as a stronghold of genetic diversity in white-tailed sea eagles, and the east of the continent contributed disproportionately to this, the reason being the admixture of eagles with different genetic background. Expand
Microsatellites and single nucleotide polymorphisms in avian hybrid identification : a comparative case study
The study shows that the use of various sets of markers could lead to strikingly different assignment results, hybridisation studies may have been affected by too low a resolution power of used markers, and that an appropriate set of markers is essential for successful hybrid identification. Expand
Mitochondrial pseudo‐control region in old world eagles (genus Aquila)
  • Ü. Väli
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Molecular ecology
  • 1 October 2002
The mitochondrial pseudo‐control region was analysed in five species of Aquila eagles. Indels caused great length differences in the nonrepetitive part of the region, whereas tandem repeat units wereExpand
Widespread hybridization between the Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga and the Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina (Aves: Accipitriformes) in Europe
This research presents a novel and exciting new approach to conservation of Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga by utilizing a high-resolution 3D imaging system to assess the relationship between the bird’s eye movements and that of the surrounding environment. Expand
Interbreeding of the Greater Aquila clanga and Lesser Spotted Eagle A. pomarina
In east-central Estonia three probably interbreeding pairs of A. clanga and pomarina were found in 1988-97; in central Estonia one possibly,,,mixed" pair in 1997; and it is suspected that taxonomically A.Clanga and A. pamarina should be treated as semispecies. Expand
Sex− and species−biased gene flow in a spotted eagle hybrid zone
The fact that some introgression still occurs on the Z-chromosome between these species suggests that the differentiation process is in a more premature phase than in previously studied avian species pairs and that could be explained by a shorter divergence time and/or a longer average generation time in the spotted eagles. Expand
The effects of habitat quality and female size on the productivity of the lesser spotted eagle Aquila pomarina in the light of the alternative prey hypothesis
The Estonian population of the lesser spotted eagle Aquila pomarina was studied to explore the relative contributions of habitat and female size in reproductive success and confirmed that annual variation in prey utilization and relative habitat quality are parts of the same functional response. Expand
Factors Limiting Reproductive Performance and Nestling Sex Ratio in the Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina at the Northern Limit of Its Range: the Impact of Weather and Prey Abundance
The results help to explain fluctuations in the reproductive performance of the Lesser Spotted Eagle and should be taken into account when monitoring and managing for conservation of this species. Expand