Sustainable Food Production

2013 Edition
| Editors: Paul Christou, Roxana Savin, Barry A. Costa-Pierce, Ignacy Misztal, C. Bruce A. Whitelaw

Animal Molecular Genetics from Major Genes to Genomics

  • Asko Mäki-Tanila
Reference work entry

Definition of the Subject

Animal breeding is a major contributor to the vast improvements in animal production over decades. The main tool in breeding operations is selection; now, more and more attention is also paid to the amount and nature of genetic variation. It is on these topics that the chapter is built on. It starts from the fundamental methods in determining the genetic value of animals . The normal distribution and linear methods stemming from the concept of large number of loci with tiny effects causing variation are the base line. For quite some time, there have been observations on major loci causing deviation in linear prediction of genetic values. There is a part introducing methods to get around such cases and turning them advantageous by directly utilizing the variation mediated by major loci. The longest section is on introducing molecular genetic tools to find areas in the genome harboring such major loci and to further characterize the actual underlying...

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I am grateful to colleagues, especially Pekka Uimari, at MTT, for useful comments on the draft of the text, and to Ignacy Misztal for lots of encouragement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biotechnology and Food ResearchMTT Agrifood Research FinlandJokioinenFinland