Asian buffaloes have an important socio-economic role. The majority of the population is situated in developing countries. Due to the scarce resources in these countries, very few species-specific biotechnology tools exist and a lot of cattle-derived technologies are applied to buffaloes. However, the application of cattle genomic tools to buffaloes is not straightforward and, as results suggested, despite genome sequences similarity the genetic polymorphisms are different. So, the aim of the project is, using a SNP chip developed for buffaloes, proceed genomewide association analyses (GWAS), to ten production traits identifying genes associated to them as well as gene of pleiotropic effect that may auxiliary the genetic evaluation in the future.
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