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Gao Y.,China Agricul tural University | Feng C.G.,China Agricul tural University | Song C.,China Agricul tural University | Du Z.Q.,China Agricul tural University | And 3 more authors.
Animal Genetics | Year: 2011

Summary Body size traits reflect the condition of body development, are always mentioned when a breed is described, and are also targets in breeding programmes. In chicken, there are several reports focused on body size traits, such as shank length, tibia length or bone traits. However, no study was carried out on chest width (CW), chest depth (CD), body slope length (BL) and head width (HW) traits. In this study, genome scans were conducted on an F 2 resource population (238 F 2 individuals from 15 full-sib families derived from an intercross of the White Plymouth Rock with the Silkies Fowl) to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with CW, CD, BL and HW from 7 to 12 weeks of age. In total, 21 significant or suggestive QTL were found that affected four body size traits. Four QTL reached 1% genome-wide significance level: at 297 cM on GGA3 (associated with CW at 9 weeks of age), between 155 and 184 cM on GGA1 (affecting BL traits at 9 and 10 weeks of age), at 22 cM on GGA2 (related with BL traits at 12 weeks of age) and at 36 cM on GGA1 (for HW trait at 8 weeks of age). © 2011 The Authors, Animal Genetics © 2011 Stichting International Foundation for Animal Genetics. Source

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