Genetic diversity of Cameroon indigenous goat populations using microsatellites

F. Meutchieye*, P. J. Ema-Ngono, M. Agaba, A. Djikeng, Y. Manjeli

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In this study, the genetic relationships among 179 adult goats from eight Cameroon ecotypes were evaluated. The sampled goats were genotyped using a panel 12 microsatellites markers. All markers were polymorphic with a PIC of 0.39. Mean number of alleles was 5.08 (2 to 8), FST value overall ecotypes was 0.453, and expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.130 to 0.338. AMOVA confirmed a high variation among (33.24%) and within (47.92%) ecotypes. The PCA and NJ tree classified the goats into four major clusters related to geography and phenotype. The result of this study has shown that Cameroon indigenous goats have interesting variability and the genetic data can aid the rational conservation of these animal genetic resources.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLivestock Research for Rural Development
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Animal breeding
  • Caprine
  • Ecotypes
  • Genotypes
  • Simple sequence repeats


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