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The role of local adaptation in sustainable production of village chickens (2018)
Journal Article
Bettridge, J. M., Psifidi, A., Terfa, Z. G., Desta, T. T., Lozano-Jaramillo, M., Dessie, T., …Christley, R. M. (2018). The role of local adaptation in sustainable production of village chickens. Nature Sustainability, 1(10), 574-582. doi:10.1038/s41893-018-0150-9

Village chickens are ubiquitous in smallholder farming systems, contributing to household, local and national economies under diverse environmental, economic and cultural settings. However, they are raised in challenging environments where productivi... Read More

The genome landscape of indigenous African cattle (2017)
Journal Article
Kim, J., Hanotte, O., Okeyo, A. M., Dessie, T., Bashir, S., Diallo, B., …Kim, H. (2017). The genome landscape of indigenous African cattle. Genome Biology, 18, doi:10.1186/s13059-017-1153-y. ISSN 1474-760X

Background: The history of African indigenous cattle and their adaptation to environmental and human selection pressure is at the root of their remarkable diversity. Characterization of this diversity is an essential step towards understanding the ge... Read More

Genome-wide analysis reveals the extent of EAV-HP integration in domestic chicken (2015)
Journal Article
Wragg, D., Mason, A. S., Yu, L., Kuo, R., Lawal, R. A., Desta, T. T., …Hanotte, O. (2015). Genome-wide analysis reveals the extent of EAV-HP integration in domestic chicken. BMC Genomics, 16, doi:10.1186/s12864-015-1954-x. ISSN 1471-2164

Background: EAV-HP is an ancient retrovirus pre-dating Gallus speciation, which continues to circulate in modern chicken populations, and led to the emergence of avian leukosis virus subgroup J causing significant economic losses to the poultry indus... Read More

Endogenous retrovirus EAV-HP linked to blue egg phenotype in Mapuche fowl (2013)
Journal Article
Wragg, D., Mwacharo, J. M., Alcalde, J. A., Wang, C., Han, J., Gongora, J., …Hanotte, O. (2013). Endogenous retrovirus EAV-HP linked to blue egg phenotype in Mapuche fowl. PLoS ONE, 8(8), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071393. ISSN 1932-6203

Oocyan or blue/green eggshell colour is an autosomal dominant trait found in native chickens (Mapuche fowl) of Chile and in some of their descendants in European and North American modern breeds. We report here the identification of an endogenous avi... Read More