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Volume 44, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 44, 231–236, 2001
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-44-231-2001
© Author(s) 2001. This work is distributed under
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Arch. Anim. Breed., 44, 231–236, 2001
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-44-231-2001
© Author(s) 2001. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  10 Oct 2001

10 Oct 2001

Heterozygosity between populations – a possible alternative to measures of genetic distance

J. Wolf1, G. Dietl2, D. Peskovicová3, D. Sumpf2, and M. Langhammer2 J. Wolf et al.
  • 1Research Institute of Animal Production (VÜzYV), P.O.BOX I, 10401 Praha 114 - Uhfineves, Czech Republic
  • 2Research Institute for Biology of Farm Animals, Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2, 18196 Dummerstorf, Germany
  • 3Research Institute of Animal Production, Hlohovskä 2, SK 94992 Nitra, Slovak Republic

Abstract. It is shown that the heterozygosity between two populations defined as the expected proportion of heterozygotes in their cross can be used as a complement to measures of genetic distance. This new measure has favourable mathematical properties (fulfils the triangular inequality) and can be well interpreted from the biological point of view. Its main importance will be in comparing (potential) crosses amongst each other.

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