Grassland earless dragon. Image - Anna MacDonald
We offer genotyping services for a variety of applications:
- Development of microsatellite (STR) markers
Where markers do not exist, we use a shot-gun sequencing approach to screen the whole genome for repetitive sequences. We can either provide the raw datafile, conduct the initial analysis to provide a list of candidate markers and primer sequences, or carry out the full development and characterisation of the number of loci required.
- Genotyping to support conservation
We can assist with determining conservation management units, supporting translocation programmes and providing data and advice for captive breeding programmes.
- Individual identification
Can be used to assign individuals to population of origin. It is also used for identifying a particular individual predator for example wound swabs from predated kiwi have the potential to identify the actual dog responsible.
- Gender and parentage analysis
We have a range of markers available for gender identification in mammals, birds, and some reptiles and amphibians. We can also carry out paternity analysis if appropriate samples are provided.
Genotypes can be obtained from readily-available species-specific markers. However, if markers are non-existent for the species of interest, we have the capability to develop them.
Markers available: stoats, ferrets cats, mice, rabbits, rats (ship, Norway, Pacific) , ungulates (red deer, fallow deer, sambar deer, rusa deer, goats), dogs, tammar wallaby, and brushtail possum, tui, kiwi, fantail, snails, weta, stick insects, skinks, gecko.