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Genet Mol Biol. 2010 Jan;33(1):51-6. doi: 10.1590/S1415-47572010005000003. Epub 2010 Mar 1.

Microsatellite analysis to estimate genetic relationships among five bulgarian sheep breeds.

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Institute of Animal Science, University of Debrecen Centre of Agriculture Sciences and Engineering, Debrecen Hungary.


Herein, genetic relationships among five breeds of Bulgarian sheep were estimated using microsatellite markers. The total number of alleles identified was 226 at the 16 loci examined. D(A) distance values were used for phylogenetic tree construction with the UPGMA algorithm. The two Tsigai and two Maritza populations were found to be geneticallvery closely related to each other y (0.198, and 0.258 respectively). The Pleven Black Head population was distinct from the other four. These results could be useful for preserving genes in these breeds, thereby ensuring their preservation in Bulgaria.


Bulgarian sheep breeds; genetic relationships; microsatellite

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