Research Article

Transferability of microsatellite markers among economically and ecologically important galliform birds

Published: June 15, 2010
Genet. Mol. Res. 9 (2) : 1121-1129 DOI: 10.4238/vol9-2gmr760

Abstract

We used the partially sequenced genomes of the turkey and chicken to find a large number of microsatellite markers. We then characterized 10 polymorphic microsatellite markers developed by cross-species amplification from economically and ecologically important birds to various European sub-species of the grey partridge. Even though we used cross-species amplification, a high degree of polymorphism was conserved in all microsatellite markers. Cross-species amplification from birds of economic and ecological interest, such as chicken and turkey, could be an attractive approach to develop microsatellite markers and to use these to manage wild and captive populations of other galliforms, such as the grey partridge.

We used the partially sequenced genomes of the turkey and chicken to find a large number of microsatellite markers. We then characterized 10 polymorphic microsatellite markers developed by cross-species amplification from economically and ecologically important birds to various European sub-species of the grey partridge. Even though we used cross-species amplification, a high degree of polymorphism was conserved in all microsatellite markers. Cross-species amplification from birds of economic and ecological interest, such as chicken and turkey, could be an attractive approach to develop microsatellite markers and to use these to manage wild and captive populations of other galliforms, such as the grey partridge.