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

    Fine mapping of a QTL affecting levels of skatole on pig chromosome 7

    Previous studies in the Norwegian pig breeds Landrace and Duroc have revealed a QTL for levels of skatole located in the region 74.7–80.5 Mb on SSC7. Skatole is one of the main components causing boar taint, w...

    Maren van Son, Matthew P. Kent, Harald Grove, Rahul Agarwal, Hanne Hamland, Sigbjørn Lien and Eli Grindflek

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:85

    Published on: 11 October 2017

  2. Research article

    Estimation of linkage disequilibrium and effective population size in New Zealand sheep using three different methods to create genetic maps

    Investments in genetic selection have played a major role in the New Zealand sheep industry competitiveness. Selection may erode genetic diversity, which is a crucial factor for the success of breeding program...

    Vincent Prieur, Shannon M. Clarke, Luiz F. Brito, John C. McEwan, Michael A. Lee, Rudiger Brauning, Ken G. Dodds and Benoît Auvray

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:68

    Published on: 21 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Genomic variability in Mexican chicken population using copy number variants

    Copy number variations are genome polymorphism that influence phenotypic variation and are an important source of genetic variation in populations. The aim of this study was to investigate genetic variability ...

    E. Gorla, M. C. Cozzi, S. I. Román-Ponce, F. J. Ruiz López, V. E. Vega-Murillo, S. Cerolini, A. Bagnato and M. G. Strillacci

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:61

    Published on: 3 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Cattle phenotypes can disguise their maternal ancestry

    Cattle are bred for, amongst other factors, specific traits, including parasite resistance and adaptation to climate. However, the influence and inheritance of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are not usually conside...

    Kanokwan Srirattana, Kieren McCosker, Tim Schatz and Justin C. St. John

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:59

    Published on: 26 June 2017

  5. Research article

    Large-scale mitochondrial DNA analysis of native honey bee Apis mellifera populations reveals a new African subgroup private to the South West Indian Ocean islands

    The South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) archipelagos and Madagascar constitute a hotspot of biodiversity with a high rate of endemism. In this area, the endemic subspecies A. m. unicolor has been described in Madagasc...

    Maéva Angélique Techer, Johanna Clémencet, Christophe Simiand, Sookar Preeaduth, Hamza Abdou Azali, Bernard Reynaud and Delatte Hélène

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:53

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  6. Research article

    Low-depth genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) in a bovine population: strategies to maximize the selection of high quality genotypes and the accuracy of imputation

    Genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) has emerged as a powerful and cost-effective approach for discovering and genotyping single-nucleotide polymorphisms. The GBS technique was largely used in crop species where its...

    Jean-Simon Brouard, Brian Boyle, Eveline M. Ibeagha-Awemu and Nathalie Bissonnette

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:32

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

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