Development of genetic methods
Since 2011 we have worked on the development of new methods for genetic analyses of Swedish and Norwegian wolverine samples. A large part of this project has been to sequence and assemble the complete wolverine genome. Using this genomic resource we aim to identify ecologically important genetic variation in the Scandinavian wolverine population. The method is based on finding a large number of variable nucleotide positions (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, SNPs) in the DNA code. This project is led by Robert Ekblom and financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The newly developed genetic markers will be used in the ongoing monitoring of the Swedish and Norwegian wolverine populations. Genetic identification of individuals from scat samples already forms one of the foundations for this monitoring work.