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Genetics Selection Evolution

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Genetic relationships among Turkish sheep

  • Metehan Uzun1,
  • Beatriz Gutiérrez-Gil2,
  • Juan-José Arranz2,
  • Fermín San Primitivo2,
  • Mustafa Saatci3,
  • Mehmet Kaya1 and
  • Yolanda Bayón2Email author
Genetics Selection Evolution200638:513

Received: 11 October 2005

Accepted: 18 April 2006

Published: 6 September 2006


Genetic relationships among Turkish sheep breeds were analysed on the basis of 30 microsatellite markers. Phylogenetic analyses based on the estimation of genetic distances revealed the closest relationships for the Akkaraman, Morkaraman and Tuj breeds, which were clearly differentiated from the others in the dendrogram. Our pattern was completely confirmed by results from the Factorial Correspondence Analysis. All the results described analysing either population parameters or individuals revealed a clear separation between the fat-tailed group and the others. These results, based on nuclear DNA, are discussed along with those already reported for these breeds through the investigation of mitochondrial DNA, which had revealed the invaluable significance of the genetic background of these Turkish sheep.


DNA microsatelliteslocal sheep breedsgenetic relationships

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey
Department of Animal Production, University of León, León, Spain
Department of Animal Science, Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey


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