Relatedness value

Figure 10.6. Estimated relatedness (R) values among giant pandas of known relatedness at the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. All wild-caught animals were assumed to be unrelated for this calculation but the complex nature of the curves indicated that this assumption was probably not true. Some animals appeared to be related to the degree expected, whereas others appeared more related than expected. Relatedness among animals can be estimated based on the microsatellite data, and this information could be useful in planning pairings for future matings.

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