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State of the conservation of trypanotolerant cattle genetic resources in West Africa

Thevenon Sophie, Belemsaga Désiré M.A.. 2006. State of the conservation of trypanotolerant cattle genetic resources in West Africa. In : Options and Strategies for the Conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources: Report of an International Workshop and Presented Papers. CGIAR-SGRP. Rome : Biodiversity International, pp. 116-119. ISBN 978-92-9043-713-0 International Workshop on Options and Strategies for the Conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources, Rome, Italie, 7 November 2005/10 November 2005.

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Abstract : The original cattle of Africa were humpless (taurine) cattle able to survive under trypanosomosis pressure; this biological singularity is called trypanotolerance. There are many breeds of taurine cattle in West Africa. Currently, the total taurine cattle population is increasing, but the number of humped (zebu) cattle is increasing faster. Moreover, within the wide variety of taurine breeds, some have very small population sizes and are threatened by extinction in the short term. The main causes of the decline of taurine breeds are described in this paper, and some thoughts about conservation issues are given. (Résumé d'auteur)

Classification Agris : L73 - Animal diseases
L10 - Animal genetics and breeding

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Thevenon Sophie, CIRAD-EMVT-UMR TRYPANOSOMES (BFA)
  • Belemsaga Désiré M.A., CIRDES (BFA)

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