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The Agersoe cattle: the last remnants of the Danish island cattle (Bos taurus)?


Withen, KB and Bruniche-Olsen, A and Pedersen, BV and Gravlund, P, European Cattle Genetic Diversity Consortium, The Agersoe cattle: the last remnants of the Danish island cattle (Bos taurus)?, Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, 128, (2) pp. 141-152. ISSN 0931-2668 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1439-0388.2010.00883.x


A phenotypically interesting strain of cattle existed on the small island of Agersoe, on the west coast of Zealand, Denmark, in the beginning of the last decade. The cattle share a great resemblance to the extinct Dan- ish breed, the Island cattle. The objective of this study was to genetically characterize the Agersoe cattle, using microsatellites, amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) and mtDNA markers, and analyse the genetic variability within the breed and the genetic relationship to 14 European breeds with focus on the Red Danish and Jutland breed. The results show diversity in nuclear markers comparable to that of modern breeds and that the Agersoe cattle are separable from the two native breeds. The absence of inbreeding and the degree of genetic diversity are taken as a sign of recent admixture. The Agersoe cattle did not exhi- bit a consistent association with any of the European breeds. Several arguments based on this survey have been put forward in favour of characterizing the Agersoe cattle as being the last remnants of the Dan- ish Island Cattle.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Speciation and extinction
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Bruniche-Olsen, A (Ms Anna Bruniche-Olsen)
ID Code:77182
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2012-03-20
Last Modified:2012-04-17
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