Determination of Genomic Markers to Conduct Parentage, Differentiate Wood and Plains Bison Sub-species, and Measure Cattle Introgression in Canadian Bison

The Canadian bison industry is currently facing the issue of increasing production to meet increasing demand for bison products in a sustainable manner that improves the competitiveness and profitability of the industry. Bison retailers are currently being shorted product orders in excess of 25% on a regular basis, and demand for bison meat will only grow with the implementation of CETA and removal of the existing 20% tariff. This project will use whole genome sequence data to identify the genetic markers (SNPs, indels, variants) that will allow the Canadian bison industry to accurately and cost effectively verify parentage, differentiate wood and plains bison sub-species, and measure cattle introgression. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Paul Stothard


Tianfu Yang


Delta Genomics


Food science






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