University of Forestry, 1756 Sofia, Bulgaria
Viryanski, D. (2019). Microsatellite markers – a tool for molecular characterization of cattle genetic resources. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 25(1), 158–165
Molecular markers are essential tool for determining the specific genetic makeup on individual and population level. They are valuable approach for the genetic improvement of farm animals. In cattle breeding their application is useful for improvement of breeding programs for desired traits, better productivity and high quality products. These markers provide more accurate genetic information and better knowledge of the animal genetic resources. This review gives a brief summary on the application of one of more advanced DNA-based molecular markers in cattle breeding – the microsatellites.