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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Scheepers, Robyn Clair
URN etd-10212009-143858
Document Title Genetic variation of Kappa-casein in South African goats
Degree MSc(Agric)
Department Animal and Wildlife Sciences
Advisor Name Title
Mrs C Visser Co-Supervisor
Dr E van Marle-Koster Supervisor
  • milk quantity
  • South African goats
  • Kappa-casein
Date 2009-10-21
Availability unrestricted

Milk protein polymorphisms have a significant influence on milk quantity and composition. Kappa-casein is of special interest due to its known relationship with milk quality. In goats, a number of allelic variants have been identified, primarily classified into two groups. Group BIEF alleles (D, E, K, and M) have been shown to have a positive effect on milk yield and technological properties, while group AIEF, the remaining alleles, have a less positive influence on milk composition. The aim of this study was to investigate genetic variation in the kappa-casein genotype of South African goats. PCR-RFLP and DNA sequencing were performed on 68 and 77 samples, respectively. In addition, 84 milk samples were analyzed for milk composition. RFLP analysis revealed that the A and/or B alleles were the most frequent in the populations studied. A frequency of 0.00 was observed for the BIEF variants using DNA sequencing. In all goat types included, the B allele was the most common, with frequencies ranging from 60% in SA Boer goats to 100% in Saanens. The Bí allele had lower frequencies of 0.357 and 0.207 in SA Boer goats and local goat types, respectively. The H allele was present at low frequencies in local goat types (10.3%) and in SA Boer goats (3.6%), but was absent in Saanens. AMOVA results indicated that most of the total variation occurred within populations (80.66%) with the remainder of the variation (FST = 0.1934; p < 0.01) occurring due to genetic differences between populations.

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Please cite as follows:

Scheepers, RC 2009, Genetic variation of Kappa-casein in South African goats, MSc(Agric) dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10212009-143858 / >


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