Articles | Volume 64, issue 1
Original study
11 Mar 2021
Original study |  | 11 Mar 2021

Genetic diversity and population structure in divergent German cattle selection lines on the basis of milk protein polymorphisms

Lisa G. Hohmann, Christina Weimann, Carsten Scheper, Georg Erhardt, and Sven König

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We analyzed the genetic structure of the casein cluster in eight selection lines of the Holstein Friesian, German Simmental and German Black Pied cattle breeds based on casein genotypes in milk. Temporal changes in allele distributions indicated decreasing genetic diversity at the casein loci, explaining the moderate level of genetic differentiation among selection lines. The variability of the casein should be exploited in the future using breeding programs to select genetic lines.