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Gouri Jaiswal1, Sanjeev Kumar* and Yogendra Prasad2
Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Central Avian Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly– 243 122, India

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Economics of poultry production can be improved by reducing input on health care (major investment) and increasing production. It necessitates evaluation and exploitation of immunocompetence traits of germplasm. An investigation was carried out on 174 Kadaknath native chickens, maintained at this institute to evaluate immunocompetence profile. Data on three traits viz., antibody response to sheep erythrocytes and serum levels of lysozyme and IgG, were analyzed by least squares analysis of variance taking sire as random and sex as fixed effects. Sire had significant effect on lysozyme (Pe achieved by selection for combination of different facets of host’s immune systems.
Chicken, Kadaknath, Heritability, Immunocompetence
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