Genetic Relationship in Chicken Breeds Using Molecular Co-ancestry Information

  • Ahlawat, S.P.S. (National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources) ;
  • Vijh, R.K. (National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources) ;
  • Mishra, Bina (National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources) ;
  • Kumar, S.T. Bharani (National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources) ;
  • Tantia, M.S. (National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources)
  • Received : 2006.10.13
  • Accepted : 2007.06.04
  • Published : 2008.01.01


Five chicken populations viz. Chittagong, Ghagus, Kalasthi, Kadaknath, Tellichery were genotyped using 25 highly polymorphic microsatellite loci. White leg horn was taken as an outgroup. To reveal the relationship and distinctiveness among five indigenous breeds various genetic distances based on molecular co-ancestry were estimated and multidimensional scaling was performed. The Ghagus and Kalasthi breeds were closely related and their separation was recent, whereas Chittagong had a remote ancestry with other indigenous chicken populations.


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