Improving our knowledge of tropical indigenous animal genetic resources

J.E.O. Rege and A.M. Okeyo

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), PO Box 30709, Nairobi 00100, Kenya

To better manage, use and conserve animal genetic resources (AnGR), we must understand the nature and distribution of both the phenotypic and genetic diversity that they posses. This module makes a case for and highlights issues and methods that underpin improved understanding of the diversity in AnGR as a basis for designing conservation and sustainable utilisation of the diversity (the subject of Module 3). The module emphasises the need to undertake phenotypic and genetic characterisation of indigenous breeds in order to improve our understanding. It also points out the role that modern technologies and indigenous knowledge may play in this process. Within the module there are links [blue] to the web resources and [green] to case studies and other components that help illustrate the issues discussed.


Module 2: Rege, J.E.O. and Okeyo A.M. 2006. Improving our knowledge of tropical indigenous animal genetic resources In: Animal Genetics Training Resource, version 3, 2011. Ojango, J.M., Malmfors, B. and Okeyo, A.M. (Eds). International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya, and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.