Although the large indigenous chicken population in Nigeria is characterised by general poor performance, it has a number of single genes which may have both direct and indirect effects on important economic characters. Quantitative genetics principles are being employed to explore their use and that of polygenes in bringing about improvement in production characters in synthetic populations of indigenous and exotic strains.

S. N Ibe

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XVI. Poultry, fish and horse genetics and breeding, growth and reproduction, immune response and disease resistance., , 51–53, 1990
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