Russian Journal of Genetics

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 505–509 | Cite as

Genetic variability in three native Iranian chicken populations of the Khorasan province based on microsatellite markers

  • M. R. Mohammadabadi
  • M. Nikbakhti
  • H. R. Mirzaee
  • A. Shandi
  • D. A. Saghi
  • M. N. Romanov
  • I. G. Moiseyeva
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This paper represents the results of a study on the genetic diversity in three native chicken populations (Barred, Brown and Black) of Khorasan, a province in northeastern Iran, by using four microsatellite markers (MCW0005, MCW0016, MCW0018 and MCW0034). Average number of alleles was found to be 5.25 per locus across all populations. The examined populations were characterized by a high level of genetic variability as assessed by computing the expected and observed heterozygosities, and polymorphism information content. The authors consider the results of this investigation as an accumulation of data in a research program concerning genetic characteristics of the native chicken populations of Iran that have not been surveyed yet.


Polymorphism Information Content Domestic Fowl Chicken Breed Indigenous Chicken Chicken Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Mohammadabadi
    • 1
  • M. Nikbakhti
    • 2
  • H. R. Mirzaee
    • 2
  • A. Shandi
    • 3
  • D. A. Saghi
    • 4
  • M. N. Romanov
    • 5
  • I. G. Moiseyeva
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Animal SciencesShahid Bahonar University of KermanKermanIran
  2. 2.Department of Animal ScienceZabol UniversityZabolIran
  3. 3.Razi Vaccine and Serum Research InstituteMashhadIran
  4. 4.Agriculture and Natural Resources Research Center of KhorasanMashhadIran
  5. 5.Genetics Division, San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, Zoological Society of San DiegoArnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Conservation ResearchEscondidoUSA
  6. 6.Vavilov Institute of General GeneticsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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