Assessment of population structure by single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in goat breeds

L. Pariset, I. Cappuccio, P. Ajmone Marsan, S. Dunner, G. Luikart, P. R. England, G. Obexer-Ruff, C. Peter, D. Marletta, F. Pilla, A. Valentini

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Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may be used in biodiversity studies and commercial tasks like traceability, paternity testing and selection for suitable genotypes. Twenty-seven SNPs were characterized and genotyped on 250 individuals belonging to eight Italian goat breeds. Multilocus genotype data were used to infer population structure and assign individuals to populations. To estimate the number of groups (K) to test in population structure analysis we used likelihood values and variance of the bootstrap samples, deriving optimal K from a drop in the likelihood and a rise in the variance plots against K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 20 2006


This work has been partially supported by the EU Econogene contract QLK5-CT-2001-02461. The content of the publication does not represent necessarily the views of the Commission or its services.

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European CommissionQLK5-CT-2001-02461


    • Goat
    • Population structure
    • SNPs


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