Using quantitative real‐time PCR to detect salmonid prey in scats of grey Halichoerus grypus and harbour Phoca vitulina seals in Scotland – an experimental and field study

@article{Matjusov2008UsingQR,
  title={Using quantitative real‐time PCR to detect salmonid prey in scats of grey Halichoerus grypus and harbour Phoca vitulina seals in Scotland – an experimental and field study},
  author={Iveta Matějusov{\'a} and Fiona Doig and Stuart J. Middlemas and S. Mackay and Alex Douglas and John D Armstrong and Carey O. Cunningham and Michael Snow},
  journal={Journal of Applied Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={45},
  pages={632-640}
}
Summary 1. There is considerable debate over the impact of seal pr?dation on salmonid populations in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Conventional hard-part analysis of scats has suggested that salmonids represent a minor component of the diet of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) and harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) in the UK. However, it is unclear whether this is an accurate reflection of the diet or due to methodological problems. To investigate this issue, we applied quantitative PCR (qPCR… Expand
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