Abstracts (first author)


Prelude to the story of domestic goose in Europe

Author(s): Heikkinen ME, Mundee M, Pyhäjärvi T, White TA, Aspi J, Searle JB, Ruokonen M


The development of next generation sequencing based techniques has increased the amount of data available for population genetic studies. NGS techniques have also become popular in the studies of domestication due to genome-wide information they can provide on the species of interest. Chicken has been the most popular object of study on avian domestication due to its worldwide distribution. We wanted to focus on a more unfamiliar yet important domestic bird species, that is, the European domestic goose. We used a genotyping by sequencing (GBS) approach to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms in domestic geese and its wild ancestor, the greylag (Anser anser). We consider the impacts of inbreeding, drift, bottlenecks and artificial selection in promoting differentiation between the wild and domestic birds. We discuss the potential of GBS to investigate other aspects of the story of domestication of the goose such as where and when it happened.


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XIV Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology

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Department of Animal Biology (DBA)
Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon
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Computational Biology & Population Genomics Group