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Morphological and microsatellite DNA diversity of Nigerian indigenous sheep

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Author(s): Agaviezor Brilliant O | Peters Sunday O | Adefenwa Mufliat A | Yakubu Abdulmojeed | Adebambo Olufunmilayo A | Ozoje Michael O | Ikeobi Christian ON | Wheto Matthew | Ajayi Oyeyemi O | Amusan Samuel A | Ekundayo Oludotun J | Sanni Timothy M | Okpeku Moses | Onasanya Gbolabo O | De Donato Marcos | Ilori Babatunde M | Kizilkaya Kadir | Imumorin Ikhide G

Journal: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
ISSN 1674-9782

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 38;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Discriminant analysis | Genetic distance | Microsatellite DNA | Morphological traits | Nigerian sheep

ABSTRACT
Abstract Background Sheep is important in the socio-economic lives of people around the world. It is estimated that more than half of our once common livestock breeds are now endangered. Since genetic characterization of Nigerian sheep is still lacking, we analyzed ten morphological traits on 402 animals and 15 microsatellite DNA markers in 384 animals of the 4 Nigerian sheep breeds to better understand genetic diversity for breeding management and germplasm conservation. Results Morphological traits of Uda and Balami were significantly (P 
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