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Bovine genetics: The startling diversity of Buša cattle

Date:  March 28, 2018
Source:  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

In a study of the genetic structure and population dynamics of a unique breed of cattle that is indigenous to Southeastern Europe, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich researchers have discovered a remarkable degree of genetic variation.

The Buša breed is a threatened autochthonous strain of cattle found in Southeastern Europe. The remaining herds are small and widely separated from each other throughout the Balkans region. A team led by Dr. Ivica Medugorac, who heads the Population Genomics Group of the Department of Veterinary Sciences at LMU, has now explored the range of genetic diversity within the surviving Buša herds and compared it with other European breeds. The findings appear in the journal Molecular Ecology.

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