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14D2I33 - Behaviour and molecular ecology of wild animals

Course specification
Course titleBehaviour and molecular ecology of wild animals
Acronym14D2I33
AcronymDOCTORAL ACADEMIC STUDIES
Module
Type of studyPhD academic studies
Lecturer (for classes)
  1. dr Zoran Stanimirović
  2. dr Ninoslav Đelić
  3. dr Jevrosima Stevanović
  4. dr Vladimir Dimitrijević
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
    Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
      ESPB4.0Status
      ConditionEnrolled semester in which the subject is attended
      The goalThe subject aims to provide students basic knowledge about application of molecular genetics methods in exploration of ecology, behaviour and protection of wild animals.
      The outcomeA student should ackquire basic knowledge in application of molecular genetics techniques in preservation, control and protection of autochtonous, endemic and relict species of wild animals. Also, student should become capable to prevent specific diseases of wild animals, caused by changes in the environment. By using molecular genetic techniques, students have to be trained to monitor relevant genes and their products in programmes of rearing, selection and increase of resistance to diseases
      Contents
      Contents of lecturesTheoretical instructions: Genetic analysis and gene maps of wild animals. Application of molecular genetics techniques in the analysis of genome and monitoring of zoogeographical origin of wild animals. Molecular adaptations and genomics of wild animals. Genetics of behaviour. Genetics of wild animals protection and biodiversity. Preservation, control and protection of autochtonous, endemic and relict species of wild animals. Application of molecular genetics methods in prevention of specific diseases of wild animals caused by changes in the environment. Monitoring of relevant genes and their products in programmes of rearing, selection and increase of resistance to diseases using the molecular genetics techniques.
      Contents of exercisesIndependent research activities: DNA isolation, amplification of conserved regions of mitochondrial DNA, amplification of nuclear DNA microsatellites (PCR, real-time PCR, RT-PCR, PCR-RFLP, LAMP), visualisation of results by gel electrophoresis and DNA sequencing, analysis of the obtained results with an aim to monitor molecular ecology of wild animals, detection and identification of pathogenes and parasistes of wild animals and forensic cases.
      Literature
      1. Djelić N, Stanimirović Z: Principles of genetics, Faculty of veterinary medicine, University of Belgrade, Elit-Medica, Belgrade, 2004.
      2. DeSalle R, Schierwater B: Molecular Approaches To Ecology And Evolution, Birkkhausen Verlag, 1998. (Original title)
      3. Baker A (ed): Molecular Methods in Ecology, Blackwell Science, 2000. (Original title)
      4. DeYoung RW, Honeycutt RL: The molecular toolbox: genetic techniques in wildlife ecology and management, Journal of Wildlife Management 69 (4) 1362-1384, 2005. (Original title)
      Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
      LecturesExercisesOTCStudy and ResearchOther classes
      2
      Methods of teachingTheoretical instruction through preparation of seminary elaborate, public interpretation and critical discussion. Independent research activities: performing experiment, analysis and discussion of the results.
      Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
      Pre obligationsPointsFinal examPoints
      Activites during lectures10Test paper70
      Practical lessonsOral examination
      Projects
      Colloquia
      Seminars20