Tiger Gene Study Shows Need to Protecting Forest Corridors
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have used genetic analysis to find that the natural forest corridors in India are essential to ensuring a future for tigers. According to a study recently published by Ecology and Evolution, these corridors are successfully connecting populations of tigers to ensure genetic diversity and gene flow.
“These habitats and corridors in India are threatened by infrastructural developments and need to be conserved if we want to save these species for future generations.” aid Sandeep Sharma, SCBI visiting scholar and lead author of the Ecology and Evolution paper.
Habitat fragmentation can divide populations of species into isolated groups, which can lead to inbreeding and a genetic bottleneck that affects the long-term viability of the population.