Genetic analyses of populations of brown trout [Salmo trutta (L.)] in the Palatinate Forest



The overall aim of this study is to gain extensive, detailed genetic information on brown trout [Salmo trutta (L.)] in the uplands of the Palatinate Forest in South-West Germany and to identify the anthropogenic impact (e.g. by alteration of habitats, stocking measures, etc.) on patterns of genetic diversity. Forelle1

In this study we will collect a comprehensive set of tissue samples covering several subcatchments of the river Rhine in the Palatinate Forest. Analyses of microsatellite data will demonstrate regional population structures. Data on the structure of the habitats and also on stock management should allow insights into human impact on the structure of populations. Studies on mitochondrial DNA will enable to designate local populations to large–scale patterns of genetic diversity of Salmo trutta.

Financial support

Struktur- und Genehmigungsdirektion Süd as superior fisheries authority of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate

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Since 06/2010


Thomas Schmidt

Maj Wetjen

Kathrin Metzner

Dr. René Gergs



RUPERT WATSON (Salmon, Trout & Charr of the world – A Fisherman's Natural History, 1999) about genetic research on salmon, trout and charr:

"Whatever the taxonomic status of individual populations,
or the current thinking with regard of what is and is not a
species, there is no excuse for ignoring the huge variety
within each species […]."

(Emphasis added)



" 'Nimium ne crede colore' say the ichthyologists […]"

(R. WATSON, ibid.)