Carnivore diet analysis based on next-generation sequencing: application to the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) in Pakistan.

  title={Carnivore diet analysis based on next-generation sequencing: application to the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) in Pakistan.},
  author={Wasim Shehzad and Tiayyba Riaz and Muhammad Ali Nawaz and Christian Miquel and Carole Poillot and S. Akhtar Ali Shah and François Pompanon and Eric Coissac and Pierre Taberlet},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={21 8},
Diet analysis is a prerequisite to fully understand the biology of a species and the functioning of ecosystems. For carnivores, traditional diet analyses mostly rely upon the morphological identification of undigested remains in the faeces. Here, we developed a methodology for carnivore diet analyses based on the next-generation sequencing. We applied this approach to the analysis of the vertebrate component of leopard cat diet in two ecologically distinct regions in northern Pakistan. Despite… CONTINUE READING
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