Title: Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified through genotyping-by-sequencing improve genetic stock identification of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) from western Alaska
Journal: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Authors: Wesley A. Larson, James E. Seeb, Carita E. Pascal, William D. Templin, Lisa W. Seeb
All authors but William D. Templin are from SAFS
Link to the paper: http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjfas-2013-0502#.Uyy5HfldWZN
Abstract: Genetic stock identification (GSI), an important tool for fisheries management that relies upon the ability to differentiate stocks of interest, can be difficult when populations are closely related. Here we genotyped 11 850 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from existing DNA sequence data available in five closely related populations of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) from western Alaska. We then converted a subset of 96 of these SNPs displaying high differentiation into high-throughput genotyping assays. These 96 SNPs (RAD96) and 191 SNPs developed previously (CTC191) were screened in 28 populations from western Alaska. Regional assignment power was evaluated for five different SNP panels, including a panel containing the 96 SNPs with the highest FST across the CTC191 and RAD96 panels (FST96). Assignment tests indicated that SNPs in the RAD96 were more useful for GSI than those in the CTC191 and that increasing the number of reporting groups in western Alaska from one to three was feasible with the FST96. Our approach represents an efficient way to discover SNPs for GSI and should be applicable to other populations and species.