The conservation of many endangered species will depend on active management plans for both wild animals and those bred in captivity. A crucial factor is the maintenance of genetic variation in given populations to ensure that inbreeding effects are kept to a minimum. This volume describes the rapid advances that have been made in reproductive biology and molecular genetics, explaining the role and practice of reproductive technology in the breeding of rare and endangered animals in captivity. Calling on both theory and example, the authors highlight three major categories of biotechnology: techniques for managing reproduction (such as in vitro fertilization), techniques for cryopreservation of reproductive material and embryos (the `frozen zoo'), and techniques for genetic analysis. Both practical and ethical issues in captive breeding are explored here by scientists who are leading workers in the field. The work is certain to be a valued resource for zoologists and conservation biologists concerned with issues of diversity and preservation.
D.M. Jones: Introduction; L.E.M. De Boer: Current status of captive breeding programmes; W.V. Holt: Advances in artificial insemination and semen freezing in mammals; P. Garland, L. Frazer, N. Sanderson, K. Mehreen, & T. Kroetsch: Artificial insemination of scimitar-horned oryx at Orana Park; D.E. Wildt, A.M. Donoghue, L.A. Johnston, P.M. Schmidt, and J. Howard: Species and genetic effects on the utility of biotechnology for conservation; B.W.W. Grout,
G.J. Morris, & M.R. McLellan: Cryopreservation of gametes and embryos of aquatic organisms; J.K. Hodges, Detection of oestrous cycles and timing of ovulation; H.D.M. Moore: In vitro fertilization and the
development of gene banks for wild mammals; A. Schreiber & H. Tichy: MHC polymorphisms and the conservation of endangered species; G.M. Mace, J.M. Pemberton, & H.F. Stanley: Conserving genetic diversity with the help of biotechnology - desert antelopes as an example; D. Ashworth & D.T. Parkin: Captive breeding: can genetic fingerprinting help?; B. Amos: Analysis of polygamous systems using DNA fingerprinting; K.J. Garner & O.A. Ryder: Some applications of PCR to
studies in wildlife genetics; J.D. Ballou & K.A. Cooper: Genetic management strategies for endangered captive populations; R. Frankham: Integrating technologies into animal breeding programmes; M.E. Soule: Ten years ago, ten years
from now: summary remarks for the symposium; Index.
Series: Symposia of the Zoological Society of London
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 23rd July 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.57