2009 News

VPAC extends gene flow simulation capabilities for Arthur Rylah Institute

The Arthur Rylah Institute - the research division of the Department of Sustainability in Victoria Australia - has been using Circuitscape to predict patterns of movement, gene flow, and genetic differentiation among plant and animal populations in the Victorian landscape.

At present the use of the Circuitscape tool has been limited to small area coverage or low resolution simulation when using the software on standard windows based desktop machine. VPAC was asked to trial the software to see if the application could be used in an expanded scenario using its high performance facilities.

The results of this trial was that VPAC was able to provide over a 200 times increase in the size of problems that could be run increasing the potential of the software for using in planning for the preservation of wildlife and genetic diversity in the Victorian Landscape.

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