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, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 423–428 | Cite as

Isolation and characterization of 55 novel microsatellite markers for the pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)

  • Kristina Noreikiene
  • Amber G. F. Teacher
  • Jesper Madsen
  • Phillip GienappEmail author
Technical Note


Here we present 55 new microsatellite markers isolated from the pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus), using next generation sequencing. Of these, 44 markers were found to be polymorphic, and the number of alleles ranged from two to ten with a mean of 4.23 alleles per locus. Mean observed heterozygosity was 0.44, and 33 polymorphic markers were in Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium in our sample population. These newly developed molecular markers could prove to be a useful tool for further studies of pink-footed goose populations.


Anser Pink-footed goose Co-dominant markers Microsatellite Next generation sequencing 



We thank Minna Ruokonen (University of Oulu) for extracting the DNA and Marika Karjalainen for help in the laboratory. Permits for catching the birds and DNA sampling were issued from the Governor of Svalbard and the Copenhagen Bird Ringing Centre to JM. This study was founded by a grant from the Academy of Finland to PG (grant no. 1123565).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristina Noreikiene
    • 1
  • Amber G. F. Teacher
    • 1
  • Jesper Madsen
    • 2
  • Phillip Gienapp
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of BiosciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of BioscienceUniversity of AarhusRoskildeDenmark
  3. 3.Institute for Evolution and EcologyUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany

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