Genetic identification of wild Asian water buffalo in Nepal

Flamand, J. R. B., Vankan, D., Gairhe, K. P., Duong, H. and Barker, J. S. F. (2003) Genetic identification of wild Asian water buffalo in Nepal. Animal conservation, 6 3: 265-270. doi:10.1017/S1367943003003329


Author Flamand, J. R. B.
Vankan, D.
Gairhe, K. P.
Duong, H.
Barker, J. S. F.
Title Genetic identification of wild Asian water buffalo in Nepal
Journal name Animal conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-9430
1469-1795
Publication date 2003-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1367943003003329
Open Access Status
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 265
End page 270
Total pages 6
Place of publication Cambridge, UK
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 060409 Molecular Evolution
Abstract The wild water buffalo is highly endangered, with the few remaining populations already affected or likely to be increasingly affected by hybridization with domestic buffalo. The work described here was done to evaluate a genetic method to discriminate wild from mixed ancestry (hybrid) and domestic animals, and to identify with high probability those most likely to be purebred wild. Samples from 45 animals (phenotypically classified into three groups - ten wild, 28 domestic and seven hybrid) were genotyped for ten microsatellite loci. Although genetic distances among the three groups were small, an assignment test identified two of the 'wild' and seven of the 'domestic' as hybrids. However, sample sizes also are small, indicating the need for a conservative approach in the first instance in using these results. As more animals are genotyped, assignments will become more accurate, and a translocation programme to establish a second Nepalese wild population in a protected area could be undertaken.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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