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Keywords:

  • clustering analysis;
  • Equus caballus;
  • Maremmano

Summary

The Maremmano is an Italian warmblood horse breed from central Italy. We characterized the genetic diversity and the degree of admixture in Maremmano in comparison to 14 other European horse breeds using 30 microsatellites. Between-breed diversity explained about 9 per cent of the total genetic diversity. Cluster analysis, genetic distances and genetic differentiation coefficients showed a close relationship of Maremmano with Hanoverian and Lusitano in accordance with breed history.