Low genetic diversity and inbreeding depression in Queensland koalas

  title={Low genetic diversity and inbreeding depression in Queensland koalas},
  author={J. W. Wilmer and A. Melzer and F. Carrick and C. Moritz},
  journal={Wildlife Research},
The amount of genetic variation in two natural populations of Queensland koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus adustus) was assessed by analysis of mitochondrial DNA. Levels and any adverse effects of inbreeding (inbreeding depression) were estimated from the pedigree of a well-characterised captive colony. Genetic diversity of mitochondrial DNA was found to be exceedingly low both within and between the two populations, but the variation detected was found to be strongly structured geographically… Expand
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