Variation and covariation in strongyle infection in East African shorthorn zebu calves
Callaby, R; Hanotte, O; Conradie van Wyk, I; Kiara, H; Toye, P; Mbole-Kariuki, Mary N; Jennings, A; Thumbi, S. M; Coetzer, J. A. W; Bronsvoort, B.M. de C.; Knott, S. A; Woolhouse, M. E. J; Kruuk, Loeske
Parasite burden varies widely between individuals within a population, and can covary with multiple aspects of individual phenotype. Here we investigate the sources of variation in faecal strongyle eggs counts, and its association with body weight and a suite of haematological measures, in a cohort of indigenous zebu calves in Western Kenya, using relatedness matrices reconstructed from single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotypes. Strongyle egg count was heritable (h2 = 23·9%, s.e. = 11·8%)...[Show more]
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