Findings from Z. Sztankoova et al in agriculture and dairy science reported
2009 DEC 24 - (VerticalNews.com) -- According to a study from Prague, Czech Republic, "The 4 casein loci were evaluated as haplotypes in 2 dairy goat breeds kept in the Czech Republic. Analysis of 41 White Shorthaired (WSH) trio families and 44 Brown Shorthaired (BSH) trio families revealed 14 and 20 haplotypes, respectively."
"Various genomic techniques were used to type the casein loci. Twenty-two different combinations of these alleles (casein haplotypes, in the order CSN1S1-CSN2-CSN1S2-CSN3) were found. Only 5 haplotypes in the WSH breed and 6 haplotypes in the BSH breed occurred at frequencies > 0.05. For the WSH breed, the most common haplotype was FCFB (0.260), whereas for the BSH breed, the most common haplotype was FCFA (0.217)," wrote Z. Sztankoova and colleagues.
The researchers concluded: "The information on the haplotype variability in both breeds could be used in breeding programs aimed at preserving biodiversity or selecting animals for specific protein production and cheesemaking."
Sztankoova and colleagues published the results of their research in the Journal of Dairy Science (Short communication: Polymorphism of casein cluster genes in Czech local goat breeds. Journal of Dairy Science, 2009;92(12):6197-6201).
For additional information, contact Z. Sztankoova, Institute Animal Science, Prague 10400, Czech Republic.
The publisher of the Journal of Dairy Science can be contacted at: American Dairy Science Assoc-Adsa, 2441 Village Green Pl, Champaign, IL 61822, USA.
Keywords: City:Prague, Country:Czech Republic, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Agriculture and Dairy Science.
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