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In the context of developing a noninvasive, practicable method for population size estimation in wild boar, we present a stepwise procedure to reduce the number of required microsatellite markers for individual genotyping. Step1: an initial marker set of 12 microsatellite loci was tested for species specificity with nontarget DNA and resulted in an(More)
Several methods have been applied to calculate genotyping error rates (GER) for non-invasive population size estimations. However, there is a lack of comparability between these methods. Here we focused on the comparison of methods for determination of GER within one study using faeces samples of wild boars (Sus scrofa). Error rates were calculated by (1)(More)
Non-invasive DNA sampling is an important tool in amphibian conservation. Buccal swabs are nowadays replacing the wounding toe-clipping method. Skin and cloaca swabbing are even less invasive and easier to handle than buccal swabbing, but could result in contaminations of genetic material. Therefore, we test if external skin and cloaca swabs are as reliable(More)
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