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Title: Potential introgression pathways and strategies for wider utilization of the 'FecB' gene in Maharashtra state and other parts of India
Contributor(s): Nimbkar, Chanda (author); Van Der Werf, Julius Herman (author)orcid ; Ghalsasi, P M (author); Nimbkar, B V (author); Ghalsasi, P P (author); Walkden-Brown, Steve William (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: The 'FecB' gene has been introgressed into non-prolific sheep breeds in countries such as Israel, France and India with beneficial consequences. The primary income from most Indian breeds of sheep is earned from the sale of lambs. Because they have single lambs, there is the potential to introgress 'FecB' into more Indian breeds, and it is likely to prove profitable. To maximise the success of introgression, 'FecB'-carrier animals to be disseminated into local flocks should have a similar phenotype as the local breed and be selected and superior for other economically important traits. As introgression is a progress requiring at least three generations of backcrossing, it would need excellent institutional infrastructure including a network and extension program among local sheep owners in the surrounding region. The steps to be followed in an introgression program and related issues are discussed.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Helen Newton Turner Memorial International Workshop on using the Booroola (FecB) gene in sheep breeding programs, Pune, India, 10th - 12th November, 2008
Source of Publication: Use of the FecB (Booroola) gene in sheep-breeding programs: Proceedings of the Helen Newton Turner Memorial International Workshop held in Pune, Maharashtra, India, 10-12 November 2008, p. 177-189
Publisher: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 060412 Quantitative Genetics (incl Disease and Trait Mapping Genetics)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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