Carlos Bento (MHN):

Genetic characterization of wild mammals: Evaluation of the genetic characteristics of the African buffalo in Mozambique, respecting the biogeographical regions.

General objective:  The study aims to understand the structure and distribution of African buffalo genetic diversity in Mozambique inside and outside protected areas, to better understand the movements of buffalo herds on a national scale and to evaluate the presence of potential barriers to genetic exchange due to anthropogenic expansion. The study uses a non-invasive genetic approach applied to samples that come mainly from the epithelial tissue of the digestive tract excreted in the faeces. However, tissue and blood samples are also opportunistically used for the study.

In collaboration with: Department of Biology and Biotechnologies “Charles Darwin” , Univ. Roma Sapienza