Many genetic resources in plants and animals have been lost through mismanagement or lack o-f support. The erosion of poultry genetic resources in Canada has been extreme and industrial stocks are dangerously close to being monotypic. The Quail Genetic Stock Center at the University of British Columbia, mainly supported by an infrastructure grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, is maintaining a large colony of coturnix quail. The collection includes lines carrying various mutations, as well as large randombred populations. Because of their adaptability to breeding cages, their prolificity, and their accelerated growth and reproductive cycle, the quail is widely used in research and teaching. By promoting wider usage of the stocks, it is hoped that continue support can be maintained for managing such a collection.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XII. Biotechnology, selection experiments, parameter estimation, design of breeding systems, management of genetic resources., , 517–521, 1986
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