A targeted gene approach to SNP discovery in the blue (Connochaetes taurinus) and black wildebeest (C. gnou)
We report the characterization of 23 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers for the blue (Connochaetes taurinus) and black wildebeest (C. gnou) based on a targeted gene approach. The polymorphisms of these SNP loci were assessed using a captive population of blue and black wildebeest comprising 30 individuals. The minor allele frequency per SNP ranged from 0.000 to 0.458 and the observed and expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.000 to 0.636 and from 0.000 to 0.496, respectively. An understanding of genetic population structure is required to effectively formulate strategies for conservation and/or management. These SNP markers could be employed to provide estimates of parameters such as population structure, relatedness, hybridisation and current and historical gene flow.
KeywordsSNP Blue wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus Black wildebeest Connochaetes gnou
We thank the International Foundation of Science (IFS); Grant Number B6411 and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP); Grant Number TP2011073100007 for research funding.
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