Animal population genetics

Section edited by Anna Malacrida

This section incorporates all aspects of the genetics of animal populations including but not limited to: analysis of evolutionary, ecological and conservation genetics of animal populations.

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  1. Research article

    Genetic diversity of a New Zealand multi-breed sheep population and composite breeds’ history revealed by a high-density SNP chip

    Knowledge about the genetic diversity of a population is a crucial parameter for the implementation of successful genomic selection and conservation of genetic resources. The aim of this research was to establ...

    Luiz F. Brito, John C. McEwan, Stephen P. Miller, Natalie K. Pickering, Wendy E. Bain, Ken G. Dodds, Flávio S. Schenkel and Shannon M. Clarke

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:25

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Whole genome scan reveals the genetic signature of African Ankole cattle breed and potential for higher quality beef

    Africa is home to numerous cattle breeds whose diversity has been shaped by subtle combinations of human and natural selection. African Sanga cattle are an intermediate type of cattle resulting from interbreed...

    Mengistie Taye, Jaemin Kim, Sook Hee Yoon, Wonseok Lee, Olivier Hanotte, Tadelle Dessie, Stephen Kemp, Okeyo Ally Mwai, Kelsey Caetano-Anolles, Seoae Cho, Sung Jong Oh, Hak-Kyo Lee and Heebal Kim

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:11

    Published on: 9 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Prediction of genomic breeding values for growth, carcass and meat quality traits in a multi-breed sheep population using a HD SNP chip

    New Zealand has some unique Terminal Sire composite sheep breeds, which were developed in the last three decades to meet commercial needs. These composite breeds were developed based on crossing various Termin...

    Luiz F. Brito, Shannon M. Clarke, John C. McEwan, Stephen P. Miller, Natalie K. Pickering, Wendy E. Bain, Ken G. Dodds, Mehdi Sargolzaei and Flávio S. Schenkel

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:7

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  4. Research article

    Genetic diversity, extent of linkage disequilibrium and persistence of gametic phase in Canadian pigs

    Knowledge on the levels of linkage disequilibrium (LD) across the genome, persistence of gametic phase between breed pairs, genetic diversity and population structure are important parameters for the successfu...

    Daniela A. Grossi, Mohsen Jafarikia, Luiz F. Brito, Marcos E. Buzanskas, Mehdi Sargolzaei and Flávio S. Schenkel

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:6

    Published on: 21 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Genomic predictions for economically important traits in Brazilian Braford and Hereford beef cattle using true and imputed genotypes

    Genomic selection (GS) has played an important role in cattle breeding programs. However, genotyping prices are still a challenge for implementation of GS in beef cattle and there is still a lack of informatio...

    Mario L. Piccoli, Luiz F. Brito, José Braccini, Fernando F. Cardoso, Mehdi Sargolzaei and Flávio S. Schenkel

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:2

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  6. Research article

    A nonsense mutation in the COL7A1 gene causes epidermolysis bullosa in Vorderwald cattle

    The widespread use of individual sires for artificial insemination promotes the propagation of recessive conditions. Inadvertent matings between unnoticed carriers of deleterious alleles may result in the mani...

    Hubert Pausch, Simon Ammermüller, Christine Wurmser, Henning Hamann, Jens Tetens, Cord Drögemüller and Ruedi Fries

    BMC Genetics 2016 17:149

    Published on: 1 December 2016

  7. Research article

    Assessing genotype-phenotype associations in three dorsal colour morphs in the meadow spittlebug Philaenus spumarius (L.) (Hemiptera: Aphrophoridae) using genomic and transcriptomic resources

    Colour polymorphisms are common among animal species. When combined with genetic and ecological data, these polymorphisms can be excellent systems in which to understand adaptation and the molecular changes un...

    Ana S. B. Rodrigues, Sara E. Silva, Francisco Pina-Martins, João Loureiro, Mariana Castro, Karim Gharbi, Kevin P. Johnson, Christopher H. Dietrich, Paulo A. V. Borges, José A. Quartau, Chris D. Jiggins, Octávio S. Paulo and Sofia G. Seabra

    BMC Genetics 2016 17:144

    Published on: 15 November 2016

  8. Research article

    A genome-wide assessment of genetic diversity and population structure of Korean native cattle breeds

    The native cattle breeds are an important genetic resource for meat and milk production throughout Asia. In Asia cattle were domesticated around 10,000 years ago and in Korea cattle are being raised since 2000...

    Aditi Sharma, Seung-Hwan Lee, Dajeong Lim, Han-Ha Chai, Bong-Hwan Choi and Yongmin Cho

    BMC Genetics 2016 17:139

    Published on: 20 October 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Genetics 2017 18:12

  9. Research article

    Genetic composition of captive panda population

    A major function of the captive panda population is to preserve the genetic diversity of wild panda populations in their natural habitats. Understanding the genetic composition of the captive panda population ...

    Jiandong Yang, Fujun Shen, Rong Hou and Yang Da

    BMC Genetics 2016 17:133

    Published on: 3 October 2016

  10. Research article

    A practical approach to detect ancestral haplotypes in livestock populations

    The effects of different evolutionary forces are expected to lead to the conservation, over many generations, of particular genomic regions (haplotypes) due to the development of linkage disequilibrium (LD). T...

    Enrique Sánchez-Molano, Dimitrios Tsiokos, Dimitrios Chatziplis, Hossein Jorjani, Lorenzo Degano, Clara Diaz, Attilio Rossoni, Hermann Schwarzenbacher, Franz Seefried, Luis Varona, Daniele Vicario, Ezequiel L. Nicolazzi and Georgios Banos

    BMC Genetics 2016 17:91

    Published on: 24 June 2016

  11. Research article

    Assessing the value of phenotypic information from non-genotyped animals for QTL mapping of complex traits in real and simulated populations

    QTL mapping through genome-wide association studies (GWAS) is challenging, especially in the case of low heritability complex traits and when few animals possess genotypic and phenotypic information. When most...

    Thaise P. Melo, Luciana Takada, Fernando Baldi, Henrique N. Oliveira, Marina M. Dias, Haroldo H. R. Neves, Flavio S. Schenkel, Lucia G. Albuquerque and Roberto Carvalheiro

    BMC Genetics 2016 17:89

    Published on: 21 June 2016

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