Homediversity
Date: 20.06.2017 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals, Husdjur

Genetic diversity and population structure of Swedish sheep breeds was studied using pedigree data and molecular genetic information. Both pedigree information and microsatellite genotypes showed that inbreeding has been successfully managed in the ancient Gute sheep breed, despite it being a small local population. The population structure of five Swedish…

Date: 09.09.2016 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

An article published in the Finnish Kennel Club’s magazine “Koiramme” (9/2016) describes the history, characteristics and challenges of the highly endangered lundehund population. Several severe bottlenecks in the history of the Lundehund have resulted in a severe loss of genetic variability in the current lundehund population. Low fertility and high…

Date: 15.06.2016 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

Although these breeds have probably gone through severe bottlenecks, they still express high phenotypic variation, e.g. in body size and plumage colour. Genetic variation and relatedness of the Swedish local chicken breeds had to date not been investigated. Three molecular genetic studies recently shed light on relationships, population structure and…

Date: Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

Finnhorse is the only native horse breed in Finland. It has a long history and is an an invaluable part of the Finnish cultural and historical heritage. The hardworking Finnhorse was used in agriculture and forestry, and it bravely served in the war fronts. In the past, the population size…

Date: 17.11.2014 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

A recent study, published in the scientific journal Journal of Animal Science, has genetically characterized a herd of Danish Jutland cattle. The study is based on 135 individuals from the Kortegaard herd of Danish Jutland cattle, which has been genotyped with the HD cattle chip, containing more than 700.000 genetic…