Validation of 15 microsatellites for parentage testing in North American bison, Bison bison and domestic cattle. Academic Article uri icon


  • Fifteen bovine microsatellites were evaluated for use in parentage testing in 725 bison from 14 public populations, 178 bison from two private ranches and 107 domestic cattle from five different breeds. The number of alleles per locus ranged from five to 16 in bison and from five to 13 in cattle. On average, expected heterozygosity, polymorphism information content (PIC) and probability of exclusion values were slightly lower in bison than in cattle. A core set of 12 loci was further refined to produce a set of multiplexed markers suitable for routine parentage testing. Assuming one known parent, the core set of markers provides exclusion probabilities in bison of 0.9955 and in cattle of 0.9995 averaged across all populations or breeds tested. Tests of Hardy-Weinberg and linkage equilibrium showed only minor deviations. This core set of 12 loci represent a powerful and efficient method for determining parentage in North American bison and domestic cattle.

published proceedings

  • Anim Genet

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Schnabel, R. D., Ward, T. J., & Derr, J. N.

citation count

  • 52

complete list of authors

  • Schnabel, RD||Ward, TJ||Derr, JN

publication date

  • December 2000