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  1. Postnatal piglet survival is important both in economic and animal welfare terms. It is influenced by the piglet’s own direct genetic effects and by maternal genetic effects of the dam, associated with milk pr...

    Authors: Tuan Q. Nguyen, Pieter W. Knap, Geoff Simm, Sandra A. Edwards and Rainer Roehe
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:28
  2. A cost-effective strategy to explore the complete DNA sequence in animals for genetic evaluation purposes is to sequence key ancestors of a population, followed by imputation mechanisms to infer marker genotyp...

    Authors: Gerardo A. Fernandes Júnior, Roberto Carvalheiro, Henrique N. de Oliveira, Mehdi Sargolzaei, Roy Costilla, Ricardo V. Ventura, Larissa F. S. Fonseca, Haroldo H. R. Neves, Ben J. Hayes and Lucia G. de Albuquerque
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:27
  3. Uniformity of body weight is a trait of great economic importance in the production of white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei). A necessary condition to improve this trait through selective breeding is the existence ...

    Authors: Silvia García-Ballesteros, Beatriz Villanueva, Jesús Fernández, Juan Pablo Gutiérrez and Isabel Cervantes
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:26
  4. Introgression of a quantitative trait locus (QTL) by successive backcrosses is used to improve elite lines (recurrent parent) by introducing alleles from exotic material (donor parent). In the absence of selec...

    Authors: Elise Tourrette, Matthieu Falque and Olivier C. Martin
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:25
  5. Local cattle breeds need special attention, as they are valuable reservoirs of genetic diversity. Appropriate breeding decisions and adequate genomic management of numerically smaller populations are required ...

    Authors: Christin Schmidtmann, Anna Schönherz, Bernt Guldbrandtsen, Jovana Marjanovic, Mario Calus, Dirk Hinrichs and Georg Thaller
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:23
  6. Improvements in genomic technologies have outpaced the most optimistic predictions, allowing industry-scale application of genomic selection. However, only marginal gains in genetic prediction accuracy can now...

    Authors: Miguel Pérez-Enciso and Juan P. Steibel
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:22
  7. Understanding the relationship between genetic admixture and phenotypic performance is crucial for the optimization of crossbreeding programs. The use of small sets of informative ancestry markers can be a cos...

    Authors: Netsanet Z. Gebrehiwot, Eva M. Strucken, Karen Marshall, Hassan Aliloo and John P. Gibson
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:21
  8. Water buffalo is one of the most important livestock species in the world. Two types of water buffalo exist: river buffalo (Bubalus bubalis bubalis) and swamp buffalo (Bubalus bubalis carabanensis). The buffalo g...

    Authors: Nicolo P. P. Macciotta, Licia Colli, Alberto Cesarani, Paolo Ajmone-Marsan, Wai Y. Low, Rick Tearle and John L. Williams
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:20
  9. Whole-genome sequence (WGS) data are increasingly available on large numbers of individuals in animal and plant breeding and in human genetics through second-generation resequencing technologies, 1000 genomes ...

    Authors: Theo Meuwissen, Irene van den Berg and Mike Goddard
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:19
  10. In recent years, the breeding of honeybees has gained significant scientific interest, and numerous theoretical and practical improvements have been made regarding the collection and processing of their perfor...

    Authors: Manuel Du, Richard Bernstein, Andreas Hoppe and Kaspar Bienefeld
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:17

    The Correction to this article has been published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:18

  11. Knowledge about potential functional relationships among traits of interest offers a unique opportunity to understand causal mechanisms and to optimize breeding goals, management practices, and prediction accu...

    Authors: Emhimad A. Abdalla, Benjamin J. Wood and Christine F. Baes
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:16
  12. Average daily gain (ADG) in pigs is affected by both direct and social genetic effects (SGE). However, selection for SGE in purebreds has not conclusively been shown to improve ADG in crossbreds, and it is unk...

    Authors: Birgitte Ask, Lizette Vestergaard Pedersen, Ole Fredslund Christensen, Hanne Marie Nielsen, Simon P. Turner and Bjarne Nielsen
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:15
  13. In commercial fish, dominance effects could be exploited by predicting production abilities of the offspring that would be generated by different mating pairs and choosing those pairs that maximise the average...

    Authors: Jesús Fernández, Beatriz Villanueva and Miguel Angel Toro
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:14
  14. Feed accounts for about 70% of the total cost of poultry meat production. Residual feed intake (RFI) has become the preferred measure of feed efficiency because it is phenotypically independent of growth rate ...

    Authors: Wei Li, Maiqing Zheng, Guiping Zhao, Jie Wang, Jie Liu, Shunli Wang, Furong Feng, Dawei Liu, Dan Zhu, Qinghe Li, Liping Guo, Yuming Guo, Ranran Liu and Jie Wen
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:13
  15. Product quality and production efficiency of Atlantic salmon are, to a large extent, influenced by the deposition and depletion of lipid reserves. Fillet lipid content is a heritable trait and is unfavourably ...

    Authors: Gareth F. Difford, Siri S. Horn, Katinka R. Dankel, Bente Ruyter, Binyam S. Dagnachew, Borghild Hillestad, Anna K. Sonesson and Nils K. Afseth
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:12
  16. The physiological adaptations that have evolved for egg laying make hens susceptible to bone fractures and keel bone damage. In modern laying hen breeds, longer periods of egg laying could result in a greater ...

    Authors: Ian C. Dunn, Dirk-Jan De Koning, Heather A. McCormack, Robert H. Fleming, Peter W. Wilson, Björn Andersson, Matthias Schmutz, Cristina Benavides, Nazaret Dominguez-Gasca, Estefania Sanchez-Rodriguez and Alejandro B. Rodriguez-Navarro
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:11
  17. Variants that regulate transcription, such as expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL), have shown enrichment in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for mammalian complex traits. However, no study has repo...

    Authors: Zehu Yuan, Bolormaa Sunduimijid, Ruidong Xiang, Ralph Behrendt, Matthew I. Knight, Brett A. Mason, Coralie M. Reich, Claire Prowse-Wilkins, Christy J. Vander Jagt, Amanda J. Chamberlain, Iona M. MacLeod, Fadi Li, Xiangpeng Yue and Hans D. Daetwyler
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:8
  18. Scales are linear combinations of variables with coefficients that add up to zero and have a similar meaning to “contrast” in the analysis of variance. Scales are necessary in order to incorporate genomic info...

    Authors: Luis Gomez-Raya, Wendy M. Rauw and Jack C. M. Dekkers
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:7
  19. Importation of foreign genetics is a widely used genetic improvement strategy. However, even if the foreign genetic merit is currently greater than the domestic genetic merit, differences in foreign and domest...

    Authors: Nicola Fetherstone, Fiona S. Hely, Noirín McHugh, Fiona M. McGovern and Peter R. Amer
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:5
  20. Resilient animals can remain productive under different environmental conditions. Rearing in increasingly heterogeneous environmental conditions increases the need of selecting resilient animals. Detection of ...

    Authors: Carolina Andrea Garcia-Baccino, Christel Marie-Etancelin, Flavie Tortereau, Didier Marcon, Jean-Louis Weisbecker and Andrés Legarra
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:4
  21. In the early 20th century, Cuban farmers imported Charolais cattle (CHFR) directly from France. These animals are now known as Chacuba (CHCU) and have become adapted to the rough environmental tropical conditi...

    Authors: Lino C. Ramírez-Ayala, Dominique Rocha, Sebas E. Ramos-Onsins, Jordi Leno-Colorado, Mathieu Charles, Olivier Bouchez, Yoel Rodríguez-Valera, Miguel Pérez-Enciso and Yuliaxis Ramayo-Caldas
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:3
  22. Runs of homozygosity (ROH) have become the state-of-the-art method for analysis of inbreeding in animal populations. Moreover, ROH are suited to detect signatures of selection via ROH islands and are used in o...

    Authors: Wim Gorssen, Roel Meyermans, Steven Janssens and Nadine Buys
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:2
  23. Social genetic effects (SGE) are the effects of the genotype of one animal on the phenotypes of other animals within a social group. Because SGE contribute to variation in economically important traits for pig...

    Authors: Thinh Tuan Chu, Mark Henryon, Just Jensen, Birgitte Ask and Ole Fredslund Christensen
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:1
  24. Recombination is a process by which chromosomes are broken and recombine to generate new combinations of alleles, therefore playing a major role in shaping genome variation. Recombination frequencies (

    Authors: Saber Qanbari and Dörte Wittenburg
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:73

    The Correction to this article has been published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:9

  25. Genetic pressure in animal breeding is sparking the interest of breeders for selecting elite boars with higher sperm quality to optimize ejaculate doses and fertility rates. However, the molecular basis of spe...

    Authors: Marta Gòdia, Antonio Reverter, Rayner González-Prendes, Yuliaxis Ramayo-Caldas, Anna Castelló, Joan-Enric Rodríguez-Gil, Armand Sánchez and Alex Clop
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:72
  26. In spite of the implementation of control strategies in honey bee (Apis mellifera) keeping, the invasive parasitic mite Varroa destructor remains one of the main causes of colony losses in numerous countries. The...

    Authors: Matthieu Guichard, Vincent Dietemann, Markus Neuditschko and Benjamin Dainat
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:71
  27. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Anna Letko, Katie M. Minor, Vidhya Jagannathan, Franz R. Seefried, James R. Mickelson, Pieter Oliehoek and Cord Drögemüller
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:70

    The original article was published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:61

  28. Breeders and geneticists use statistical models to separate genetic and environmental effects on phenotype. A common way to separate these effects is to model a descriptor of an environment, a contemporary gro...

    Authors: Maria L. Selle, Ingelin Steinsland, Owen Powell, John M. Hickey and Gregor Gorjanc
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:69
  29. Tetradysmelia is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by an extremely severe reduction of all limb parts distal of the scapula and pelvic girdle. We studied a Holstein Friesian backcross family with 2...

    Authors: Doreen Becker, Rosemarie Weikard, Christoph Schulze, Peter Wohlsein and Christa Kühn
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:68
  30. French beef producers suffer from the decrease in profitability of their farms mainly because of the continuous increase in feed costs. Selection for feed efficiency in beef cattle represents a relevant soluti...

    Authors: Sébastien Taussat, Mekki Boussaha, Yuliaxis Ramayo-Caldas, Pauline Martin, Eric Venot, Gonzalo Cantalapiedra-Hijar, Chris Hozé, Sébastien Fritz and Gilles Renand
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:67
  31. One objective of this study was to identify putative quantitative trait loci (QTL) that affect indicator phenotypes for growth, nitrogen, and carbon metabolism in muscle, liver, and adipose tissue, and for fee...

    Authors: Hanne Dvergedal, Thomas Nelson Harvey, Yang Jin, Jørgen Ødegård, Lars Grønvold, Simen Rød Sandve, Dag Inge Våge, Thomas Moen and Gunnar Klemetsdal
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:66
  32. Inbreeding depression refers to the decrease in mean performance due to inbreeding. Inbreeding depression is caused by an increase in homozygosity and reduced expression of (on average) favourable dominance ef...

    Authors: Harmen P. Doekes, Piter Bijma, Roel F. Veerkamp, Gerben de Jong, Yvonne C. J. Wientjes and Jack J. Windig
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:64
  33. Heat stress and fescue toxicosis caused by ingesting tall fescue infected with the endophytic fungus Epichloë coenophiala represent two of the most prevalent stressors to beef cattle in the United States and cost...

    Authors: Harly J. Durbin, Duc Lu, Helen Yampara-Iquise, Stephen P. Miller and Jared E. Decker
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:63

    The Correction to this article has been published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:31

  34. Inbreeding is caused by mating between related individuals and is associated with reduced fitness and performance (inbreeding depression). Several studies have detected heterogeneity in inbreeding depression a...

    Authors: Julia Poyato-Bonilla, Davinia I. Perdomo-González, María J. Sánchez-Guerrero, Luis Varona, Antonio Molina, Joaquim Casellas and Mercedes Valera
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:62
  35. Leonberger is a giant dog breed formed in the 1850s in Germany. Its post-World War II popularity has resulted in a current global population of ~ 30,000 dogs. The breed has predispositions to neurodegenerative...

    Authors: Anna Letko, Katie M. Minor, Vidhya Jagannathan, Franz R. Seefried, James R. Mickelson, Pieter Oliehoek and Cord Drögemüller
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:61

    The Correction to this article has been published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:70

  36. Fighting and controlling epidemic and endemic diseases represents a considerable cost to livestock production. Much research is dedicated to breeding disease resilient livestock, but this is not yet a common o...

    Authors: Pieter W. Knap and Andrea Doeschl-Wilson
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:60
  37. Genetic analysis of gene expression level is a promising approach for characterizing candidate genes that are involved in complex economic traits such as meat quality. In the present study, we conducted expres...

    Authors: Yan Liu, Xiaolei Liu, Zhiwei Zheng, Tingting Ma, Ying Liu, Huan Long, Huijun Cheng, Ming Fang, Jing Gong, Xinyun Li, Shuhong Zhao and Xuewen Xu
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:59
  38. Several studies have found that the growth rate of a pig is influenced by the genetics of the group members (indirect genetic effects). Accounting for these indirect genetic effects in a selection program may ...

    Authors: Bjarke G. Poulsen, Birgitte Ask, Hanne M. Nielsen, Tage Ostersen and Ole F. Christensen
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:58
  39. Most genomic predictions use a unique population that is split into a training and a validation set. However, genomic prediction using genetically heterogeneous training sets could provide more flexibility whe...

    Authors: Amir Aliakbari, Emilie Delpuech, Yann Labrune, Juliette Riquet and Hélène Gilbert
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:57
  40. Over the last years, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) based on imputed whole-genome sequences (WGS) have been used to detect quantitative trait loci (QTL) and highlight candidate genes for important trai...

    Authors: Thierry Tribout, Pascal Croiseau, Rachel Lefebvre, Anne Barbat, Mekki Boussaha, Sébastien Fritz, Didier Boichard, Chris Hoze and Marie-Pierre Sanchez
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:55
  41. In this study, we assessed the accuracy of genomic prediction for carcass weight (CWT), marbling score (MS), eye muscle area (EMA) and back fat thickness (BFT) in Hanwoo cattle when using genomic best linear u...

    Authors: Sara de las Heras-Saldana, Bryan Irvine Lopez, Nasir Moghaddar, Woncheoul Park, Jong-eun Park, Ki Y. Chung, Dajeong Lim, Seung H. Lee, Donghyun Shin and Julius H. J. van der Werf
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:54
  42. Traits recorded on animals that are raised in groups can be analysed with the social effects animal model (SAM). For multiple traits, this model specifies the genetic correlation structure more completely than...

    Authors: William Herrera-Cáceres and Juan Pablo Sánchez
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:53
  43. Thousands of years of natural and artificial selection have resulted in indigenous cattle breeds that are well-adapted to the environmental challenges of their local habitat and thereby are considered as valua...

    Authors: Seyed Mohammad Ghoreishifar, Susanne Eriksson, Anna M. Johansson, Majid Khansefid, Sima Moghaddaszadeh-Ahrabi, Nahid Parna, Pourya Davoudi and Arash Javanmard
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:52
  44. Temperament traits are of high importance across species. In humans, temperament or personality traits correlate with psychological traits and psychiatric disorders. In cattle, they impact animal welfare, prod...

    Authors: Roy Costilla, Kathryn E. Kemper, Enda M. Byrne, Laercio R. Porto-Neto, Roberto Carvalheiro, Deirdre C. Purfield, Jennifer L. Doyle, Donagh P. Berry, Stephen S. Moore, Naomi R. Wray and Ben J. Hayes
    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:51

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