Variations in Karyotypic Characteristics of Different Breed Groups of Water Buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis)

  • Bondoc, O.L. (Animal Breeding Division, Institute of Animal Science, College of Agriculture) ;
  • Flor, M.C.G.T. (Animal Breeding Division, Institute of Animal Science, College of Agriculture) ;
  • Rebollos, S.D.N. (Animal Breeding Division, Institute of Animal Science, College of Agriculture) ;
  • Albarace, A.G. (Animal Breeding Division, Institute of Animal Science, College of Agriculture)
  • Received : 2001.08.17
  • Accepted : 2001.11.12
  • Published : 2002.03.01


Karyotype analysis was carried out on blood samples of 30 water buffaloes belonging to different breed groups (i.e. Philippine Carabao (PC), Indian Murrah (IM), Bulgarian Murrah (BM), "$F_1$ 50% IM-50% PC", "$F_1$ 50% BM-50% PC" and "75% IM-25% PC"), using the modified Leucocyte Culture Technique. The modal chromosome numbers of the PC, "$F_1$ 50% IM-50% PC", "$F_1$ 50% BM-50% PC", IM, BM and "75% IM-25% PC" were 2n=48, 49, 49, 50, 50 and 50, respectively. The water buffalo chromosomes are mostly acrocentric (79.67%) and the remainder submetacentric (20.33%). Results of the ordinary least square analysis showed significant breed effects (p<0.01) on other karyotypic characteristics (i.e. relative length, arm ratio and centromeric index). Significant correlation between karyotypic characteristics and some animal performance traits were also found. The significant correlation values imply that karyotypic characteristics can be used as important criteria to select potentially productive young water buffaloes. In the future, more production and reproduction traits from non-institutional herds should be included in the analysis to reveal meaningful correlations with various karyotypic characteristics.


Supported by : National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP)


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