Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Heilman, Destin

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M

Abstract

We hypothesized the crayfish species, Orconectes virilis, is invasive, and will have low genetic diversity, which may show evidence of a founder effect. We examined the 16S rRNA gene of the mitochondria of crayfish from five total sites, three new this year, using population genetics methods and compared them to an outgroup of Orconectes limosus. The results showed average genetic diversity of collected crayfish and introduced a new hypothesis that the crayfish we collected might be two phenotypically indistinguishable species.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2007

Major

Biochemistry

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

BIO

Advisor Department

BC

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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