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  1. Migration of a population from its founder population is expected to cause a reduction of its genetic diversity and facilitates differentiation between the population and its founder population, as predicted b...

    Authors: Dorcus Kholofelo Malomane, Steffen Weigend, Armin Otto Schmitt, Annett Weigend, Christian Reimer and Henner Simianer

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:36

    Content type: Research Article

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  2. The most prolific duck genetic resource in the world is located in Southeast/South Asia but little is known about the domestication and complex histories of these duck populations.

    Authors: Fan Jiang, Ruiyi Lin, Changyi Xiao, Tanghui Xie, Yaoxin Jiang, Jianhai Chen, Pan Ni, Wing-Kin Sung, Jianlin Han, Xiaoyong Du and Shijun Li

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:35

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  3. The preconditioned conjugate gradient (PCG) method is the current method of choice for iterative solving of genetic evaluations. The relative difference between two successive iterates and the relative residua...

    Authors: Jeremie Vandenplas, Mario P. L. Calus, Herwin Eding, Mathijs van Pelt, Rob Bergsma and Cornelis Vuik

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:34

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  4. In breeding programs, recording large-scale feed intake (FI) data routinely at the individual level is costly and difficult compared with other production traits. An alternative approach could be to record FI ...

    Authors: Hongding Gao, Guosheng Su, Just Jensen, Per Madsen, Ole F. Christensen, Birgitte Ask, Bjarke G. Poulsen, Tage Ostersen and Bjarne Nielsen

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:33

    Content type: Research Article

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  5. Susceptibility of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax L.) to viral nervous necrosis (VNN) is well-known. Interest towards selective breeding as a tool to enhance genetic resistance in this species has increas...

    Authors: Sara Faggion, Daniela Bertotto, Massimiliano Babbucci, Giulia Dalla Rovere, Rafaella Franch, Mauro Bovolenta, Stanislas Laureau, Francesco Pascoli, Anna Toffan, Luca Bargelloni and Paolo Carnier

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:32

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  6. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Harly J. Durbin, Duc Lu, Helen Yampara-Iquise, Stephen P. Miller and Jared E. Decker

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:31

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in Genetics Selection Evolution 2020 52:63

  7. The impact of individual genetic and genomic variations on immune responses is an emerging lever investigated in vaccination strategies. In our study, we used genetic and pre-vaccination blood transcriptomic d...

    Authors: Fany Blanc, Tatiana Maroilley, Manuel Revilla, Gaëtan Lemonnier, Jean-Jacques Leplat, Yvon Billon, Laure Ravon, Olivier Bouchez, Jean-Pierre Bidanel, Bertrand Bed’Hom, Marie-Hélène Pinard-van der Laan, Jordi Estellé and Claire Rogel-Gaillard

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:24

    Content type: Research Article

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  8. Over the past decade, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy has been used to predict novel milk protein phenotypes. Genomic data might help predict these phenotypes when integrated with milk FTIR spec...

    Authors: Toshimi Baba, Sara Pegolo, Lucio F. M. Mota, Francisco Peñagaricano, Giovanni Bittante, Alessio Cecchinato and Gota Morota

    Citation: Genetics Selection Evolution 2021 53:29

    Content type: Research Article

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  9. 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

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  10. 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

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  11. 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

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  12. 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

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  13. 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

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  14. 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

    Content type: Opinion

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  15. 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

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  16. 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

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  17. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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  18. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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

  19. 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

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  20. 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

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  21. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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  22. 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

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  23. 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

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  24. 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

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  25. 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

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  26. 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

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  27. 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

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  28. 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

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  29. 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

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  30. 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

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  31. 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

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  32. 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

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

  33. 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

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  34. 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

    Content type: Review

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  35. 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

    Content type: Correction

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

  36. 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

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  37. 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

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  38. 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

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  39. 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

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  40. 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

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  41. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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

  42. 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

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  43. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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

  44. 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

    Content type: Review

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