On Phylogenetic Relationships Among Native Goat Populations Along the Middle and Lower Yellow River Valley

  • Chang, H. ;
  • Nozawa, K. ;
  • Liu, X.L. ;
  • Geng, S.M. ;
  • Ren, Z.J. ;
  • Qin, G.Q. ;
  • Li, X.G. ;
  • Sun, J.M. ;
  • Zheng, H.L. ;
  • Song, J.Z. ;
  • Kurosawa, Y. ;
  • Sano, A. ;
  • Jia, Q. ;
  • Chen, G.H.
  • Received : 1999.01.28
  • Accepted : 1999.05.04
  • Published : 2000.02.01


This paper is based on the 9 goat colonies along the middle and lower Yellow River valley and 7 local goat colonies in the Northeast, Tibet and the Yangtze valley. After collecting the same data about the 22 goat colonies in China and other countries, it establishes and composes the matrix of fuzzy similarity relation describing the genetic similarities of different colonies. It also clusters 38 colonies according to their phylogenetic relationship. The establishment of the matrix and the cluster are effected in terms of the frequency of 18 loci and 43 allelomorphs in blood enzyme and other protein variations. The study proves that the middle Yellow River valley is one of the taming and disseminating centers of domestic goats in the South and East of Central Asia. Compared with other goat populations in this vast area, the native goat populations in the west of Mongolian Plateau, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the middle Yellow River valley share the same origin. The colonies in the lower Yellow River valley and those in the middle valley, however, are relatively remote in their phylogenetic relationship. The native goat colonies in the southeast of Central Asia can be classified into two genetic groups: "East Asia" and "South Asia" and the colonies in Southeast Asia belong to either group.


Phylogenetic Relationship;Native Goat Colonies;The Yellow River Valley

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