|Department of Biology, Middle East Technical
University, Ankara, Turkey.
|Contact person (name and e-mail):
|Persons working on brown trout population genetics:
|A. Murat Kocabas (Ph.D. student), Ebru Plan, Füsun
Gezgin (MSc. students), InciTogan
|General research topics of the laboratory:
|Genetic population structure and phylogeography.
|General description of research on brown trout population
Major aim of our research is to
study the genetic variability present in brown trout populations of Turkey. Samples are
collected from three different geographic regions of Turkey: (1)
Western Meditterrenean Coast (many populations have been lost in the last 5 years), (2) Central Anatolian Lake (population of the lake is claimed to be
an endemic one), (3) Eastern Black Sea Coast (individuals are
from a river which also hosts anadroumous population).
Presence of unique alleles/
haplotypes are searched and heterozygosity levels of the population have been determined
to develop conservation strategies for Turkish brown trout populations. Non of these
populations received fish from hatcheries.
Protein electrophoresis, mtDNA PCR-RFLP are the tools used in our
|List of projects (brown trout) for the past 3 years:
| Study #1
||A. Murat Kocabas (Ph.D. student), Ebru Plan, Füsun
Gezgin (MSc. students), InciTogan.
|Source of project funding:
||State Planning Organization, The Scientific and Technical Research
Council of Turkey, Middle East Technical University.
||Genetic population structure and diversity, phylogeography.
||To determine the genetic structure of Western Meditterenean, Eastern
Black Sea Coast and Central Anatolian Lake populations.
||From each water shed at least 3 locations are studied.
||Allozyme electrophoresis, mtDNA-RFLP.
|Origin of samples:
||Turkey, Black Sea Basin, Mediterranean Basin, Lake Abant (Salmo
||Started in 1997, going to be finished in 1999.
Publications (brown trout genetics)
- Fidan, A., Togan, I., 1994. A research on the genetic structure of trout (Salmo
trutta abanticus) population living in Lake Abant. Doga Tr. J. of Zoology, 19,
1-3 (in Turkish).
- Togan, I., Fidan, A. Z., Yalin, E., Ergüven, A., Emre, Y., 1995. Genetic structure of
two Turkish brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) populations. J. Fish Biol., 47,
Togan, I., Ergüven, A., Yalin, E., Yilmaz, A., Fidan, A. Z., Bökesoy,
I., Asal, S., Kocabas, S., Erkakan, F., 1996. Study on the genetic stucture of
populations: i) Study on the genetic structure of human populations, ii) Study on the
genetic structure of brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) populations. A Technical report to
the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (in Turkish).
Theses (eg, PhD and MSc theses):
- Ayse Z. Fidan (1995). A study on the structures of natural trout populations in
- A. Erdinc Yalin (1996). Morphological and genetic variability among four populations
of brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) in Turkey.