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Estimation of genetic variability of the founder population in a conservation scheme using microsatellites

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  • M. A. Toro,

    1. Departamento de Mejora Genética Animal, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Agroalimentaria, Carretera La Coruña km 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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  • C. Barragán,

    1. Departamento de Mejora Genética Animal, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Agroalimentaria, Carretera La Coruña km 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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  • C. Óvilo

    1. Departamento de Mejora Genética Animal, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Agroalimentaria, Carretera La Coruña km 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Author for correspondence: M. A. Toro, Departamento de Mejora Genética Animal, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Agroalimentaria, Carretera La Coruña km 7, 28040 Madrid, Spain.
E-mail: toro@inia.es

Summary

In a conservation programme with genealogical records it is possible to estimate the amount of variability of the founder population from a measure of the similarity among the individuals in the current population based on microsatellite markers. Here we compare three available methods and we shown that the one based on the molecular coancestry coefficient should be preferred.

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