2008 - 2009
The aim of this project is to make an inventory of the geographical and ecological data of distinct striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba populations in the Mediterranean Sea and to assess the degree of genetic diversity retained by the species. A genetic variation assessment of specifically measured DNA sequences, together with the state of health of each species, will play a key role in directing conservation efforts on target populations of the striped dolphin. It is a species now classified as vulnerable on the IUCN red list.
The main objectives of the project are to:
- assess the genetic variation and gene flow in the striped dolphin populations in the Mediterranean
- determine the fragmentation level of the population
- determine whether the populations have limited habitats due to high levels of anthropic activity
- assess the degree of genetic diversity in the DNA sequences, particularly the species with the capacity to react to pathogenic elements
Laboratory of Molecular Ecology, Department of Animal Biology and Geneticsof the University of Florence, Italy