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An evaluation of allowing for mismatches as a way to manage genotyping errors in parentage assignment by exclusion


Marc Vandeputte, Fax: +33 1 34 65 23 90; E-mail:


In parentage assignment by exclusion, using multiple and very polymorphic loci, genotyping errors are a major cause of non-assignment. Using stochastic simulations, we tested the possibility to allow for mismatches at one or more allele as a way to recover assignment power. This was very efficient provided the set of loci used had a high assignment power (> 99%) and the error rate was not too high (below 3–4%). In these cases, most of the theoretical assignment power could be recovered. We also showed the efficiency of the method in a practical experiment with rainbow trout.