Whole Genome SNP Discovery and Analysis of Genetic Diversity in Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)



Alignment of next generation sequencing data of 32 individual turkeys from different populations was used for the discovery of 5.49 million SNPs, and subsequent analysis of genetic diversity among the different populations. All of the commercial lines branched from a single node relative to the heritage varieties and the South Mexican turkey population. Heterozygosity of all individuals from the different turkey populations ranged from 0.17-2.73 SNPs/Kb, while heterozygosity of populations ranged from 0.73-1.64 SNPs/Kb. The average frequency of heterozygous SNPs in individual turkeys was 1.07 SNPs/Kb. Five genomic regions with very low nucleotide variation were identified in domestic turkeys that showed state of fixation towards alleles different than wild alleles.
Date made available4 Feb 2014
PublisherWageningen University


  • Meleagris gallopavo

Accession numbers

  • PRJNA237339
  • SRP012021

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