Analysis of food habits of wild boar through DNA metabarcoding.

Ente Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni
September 07 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
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Full Time
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The wild boar (Sus scrofa) in the Cilento, Vallo di Diano ed Alburni National Park, as in most of the Italian peninsula, is undergoing a strong demographic growth, with heavy repercussions both on agro-ecosystems and wild systems. To take on this emergence and identify suitable management solutions, it need to have a clear understanding of the species characteristics. Specifically, in order to define its ecological position, we intend to study the diet of this ungulate through a non-invasive approach of DNA metabarcoding starting from faeces. In fact, knowing the food habits of a species can provide an important indication on its favorite environments and address the management efforts on these latter specifically.

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess