Campus Units

Animal Science

Document Type

Report

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

9-1999

Abstract

Genetic diversity, in both wild and domestic species, is a limited resource worth preserving for future generations (Oldfield 1984; Alderson 1990; FAO 1992; NRC 1993; Bixby et al. 1994). While many strong advocates promote the conservation of wild species, fewer are aware of the increasing loss of biodiversity in our major food species, particularly among domestic birds. Fortunately, breed conservation organizations have already made some progress in encouraging hobbyists and small-scale farmers in their role as conservators of unique and historically important breeds (Bixby et al. 1994), particularly the less common chicken and turkey breeds (Crawford and Christman 1992). These two species are considered more at-risk than most other livestock species (e.g., cow, pig, sheep, goat, or horse) due to recent and extraordinarily rapid expansion of the commercial poultry industry.

Comments

This report is published as Pisenti, Jacqueline M., Mary E. Delany, Robert L. Taylor Jr., Ursula K. Abbott, Hans Abplanalp, James A. Arthur, Murray R. Bakst, Colin Baxter-Jones, James J. Bitgood, Francine A. Bradley, Kimberly M. Cheng, Rodney R. Dietert, Jerry B. Dodgson, Ann M. Donoghue, Alan B. Emsley, Robert J. Etches, Richard R. Frahm, Roger J. Gerrits, Paul F. Goetinck, Allan A. Grunder, David E. Harry, Susan J. Lamont, Gail R. Martin, Patrick E. McGuire, Gary P. Moberg, Louis J. Pierro, Calvin O. Qualset, Muquarrab A. Qureshi, Fred T. Shultz, and Barry W. Wilson. Avian Genetic Resources at Risk: An Assessment and Proposal for Conservation of Genetic Stocks in the USA and Canada. University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Genetic Resources Conservation Program, Davis, CA. Report No. 20 (1999).

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Language

en

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