Quantitative genetic analysis of production traits to support breeding programs utilizing local chickens populations in Ethiopia

Published on 9 November 2010

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Start Date: 1 July 2007 | End Date: 1 September 2010


This study will undertake genetic analyses of local chicken populations to establish genetic parameters for traits of economic interest and intends to examine the genetic differences between the local populations and assess their relations to a reference exotic breed using autosomal DNA markers. It will also indicate the possible future use of local chicken populations for the development of genetic improvement programs utilising indigenous chickens of Ethiopia. At regional and global scale this project facilitates due recognition of important and unique gene pools in local populations as well as other poultry breeds, for the conservation and utilization of the genetic diversity

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