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Tropentag 2021, September 15 - 17, hybrid conference, Germany

"Towards shifting paradigms in agriculture for a healthy and sustainable future"

Genomic and Immunogenic Variations of Indigenous Chicken in the Tropics

Esther Mbakaya, Kiplangat Ngeno, Thomas Muasya

Egerton University, Dept. of Animal Science, Kenya


Indigenous chicken (IC) farmers in developing countries desire enhanced disease resistance alongside improvement of body weight and egg production. This study aimed at providing insight into the population structure and immunogenetic variability of the indigenous chicken using various methods. Population structure of IC was analysed through genotypic clustering, admixture analyses and phylogenetic relationship for the whole genome and at chromosome 16. A total of 150 IC sampled from five agro-ecological zones in Rwanda were phenotyped for Newcastle disease titer alongside body weight and genotyped with the genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) method. After quality control procedures for SNP data, 65,945 SNPs were retained for analysis. Following PCA, the IC were grouped into two genetic clusters, which were confirmed by lowest CV error (0.51) at K = 2. Population structure assessments based on SNPs in the MHC region indicated that the population as one with lowest CV error (0.50) which was confirmed at K =1. Clusters one mean body weight and antibody titre of 1673.61 ±237.14g and 4912.5±55.35, respectively. Corresponding values for cluster 2 were 1311.34±121.9 g and 8832.5±55.36. The clusters differed significantly (P < 0.001) for body weight and antibody titer. The cluster with high mean in bodyweight (Cluster 1) and low mean in titer and vice versa. The IC genetic clusters in Rwanda have variation disease resistance, which can be attributed to varied selection pressure. The observed genetic diversity of IC for BW and their negative association should be considered when designing a selection programme to ensure sustainability, flexibility and simultaneous improvement of the two traits.

Keywords: Disease resistance, MHC, sustainability

Contact Address: Esther Mbakaya, Egerton University, Dept. of Animal Science, 536-20115, 20100 Nakuru, Kenya, e-mail: esthermbakaya@gmail.com

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