The general goals of the sub-group is to evaluate genetic diversity, population structure and demography, and to disclose the process of domestication and investigate the origins of native animal genetic resources (focusing on horse and dog breeds as models), using both molecular and pedigree analysis, as well as archaeogenetics approaches (mainly in Iberia and North Africa)..
We aim to provide a baseline for the development of genetic conservation strategies to preserve the genetic resources of farm animals. This may be an important contribution to understand and value biodiversity of species at a regional level.
We are also engaged in studing endangered will and captive populations (in-situ and ex-situ conservation), in a straightcollaboration with some zoos.
We contribute to some extension activities and services to the community, namely on genetic identity, paternity tests and pedigree analysis. We can offer services to zoos, Breeder’s Associations of native breeds and Governmental Agencies, to disclose findings of practical applicability and supportive to local-specific plans for conservation.
Cortés, O., Dunner, S., Gama, L.T., Martínez, A.M., Delgado, J.V., Ginja, C., Jiménez, L.M., Jordana, J., Luis, C., Ooom, M.M., Sponenberg, D.P., Zaragoza, P., Consortium, B. & Vega-Pla, J.L. (2017) The legacy of Columbus in American horse populations assessed by microsatellite markers.Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Online early, . DOI:10.1111/jbg.12255 (IF2016 1,877; Q1 Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science)
Gamboa, S., Quaresma, A., Castro, F., Bravo, P., Rebordão, M.R., Oom, M.M. & Rocha, A. (2017) In vivo fertilizing ability of stallion spermatozoa processed by single layer centrifugation with Androcoll-ETM.Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, Online early, . DOI:10.1016/j.sjbs.2016.01.030 (IF2016 2,564; Q2 Biology)
Matoso, R.S., Adega, F., Kjöllerström, H.J., Labuschagne, K., Kotze, A., Fernandes, C., Chaves, R. & Oom, M.M. (2016) Classical and molecular cytogenetics of the panther genet Genetta maculata (Mammalia, Carnivora, Viverridae).Cytogenetic and Genome Research, 149(4), 274-281. DOI:10.1159/000450627 (IF2016 1,354; Q4 Cell Biology)