This chapter has provided a summary of the numerous ways in which molecular data can be used to improve our understanding of behavioural ecology, although it is important to stress that genetic data must generally be used in conjunction with field studies and observational data before firm conclusions about an animal's behavioural repertoire can be reached. In this and earlier chapters we have made a number of references to conservation biology and in the next chapter we shall build on this by taking a more in-depth look at what is undoubtedly one of the most important applications of molecular ecology: the contribution of molecular techniques to conservation genetics.

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