Animal Breeding and Genetics

Animal Breeding and Genetics

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Animal breeding aims at a well-designed and targeted development of farm animal populations, so that it is possible to produce animal products with healthy animals under the expected conditions while meeting the economic requirements.

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A new textbook entitled “Genomic Management of Animal Genetic Diversity” with a contribution of PD. Dr. Saber Qanbari to two chapters is published by the Wageningen Academic Publishers

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This book describes the use of genomic technology to define breeds and to assess important features in the history of breeds affecting the present genetic diversity. The management of genetic diversity with genomic tools is outlined both in vitro: gene banks, and in vivo: small populations of rare breeds or large populations with small effective population sizes. Special attention is given to the genomic management of populations of animals with high incidences of multiple genetic defects. This book is intended for MSc and PhD students as well as scientists working with small populations in animal breeding and in conservation programmes for rare breeds. The book is available online at

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