Demographic characterization, inbreeding and maintenance of genetic diversity in the endangered Catalonian donkey breed

Pilar Folch, Jordi Jordana

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    Abstract

    This study characterizes the demographic and genealogical structure of a limited-size population in danger of extinction: the Catalonian donkey breed. The purpose of this paper is to establish the most suitable breeding criteria and guidelines to achieve the 'Programme of Conservation and Maintenance of Animal Genetic Resources' in this population. The two main objectives proposed are: 1) to maintain the maximum genetic diversity, with 2) the minimum possible consanguinity increase per generation. A population size of 109 animals of both sexes, 44 males and 65 females, was analysed. The pedigree information was used to calculate the following items: generation length (L), variances of family size (σ(k)2), effective population size (N(e)), inbreeding coefficient (F) and probability of gene origin. The results obtained and breeding criteria to be followed are discussed. The correct mating policy between a stallion and a jenny would be that which would maximize the so-called genetic conservation index and minimize the inbreeding coefficient of the hypothetical offspring of the couple.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)195-201
    JournalGenetics Selection Evolution
    Volume30
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

    Keywords

    • Demographic structure
    • Donkey
    • Endangered breed
    • Genetic diversity maintenance
    • Pedigree analysis

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