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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The Synbreed Chicken Diversity Panel, a unique public resource for chicken biodiversity research

The Synbreed Chicken Diversity Panel (SCDP) was established in recent years in cooperation with the Institute for Animal Genetics at the Friedrich-Löffler-Institut in Neustadt Mariensee and many international prtners. It comprises 174 chicken breeds covering the entire diversity of the chicken species. The variety of breeds ranges from wild ancestors to commercial broilers and layers, but also includes a variety of local breeds from all over the world as well as ornamental breeds bred by hobbyists. In the study now published, 3,235 animals were typed for almost 600,000 SNPs, and a phylogenetic tree of unprecedented completeness and resolution was created. The SCDP is a permanent data collection and is constantly updated and expanded. With the publication of the work in the renowned journal BMC Genomics, all genotype data were uploaded to a data repository (https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8003909) and are thus available to the scientific community for further analysis.



Reference:
Malomane, D. K., Simianer, H., Weigend, A., Reimer, C., Schmitt, A. O., Weigend, S. (2019). The SYNBREED chicken diversity panel: a global resource to assess chicken diversity at high genomic resolution. BMC Genomics 20, 345. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-019-5727-9.


New thesis topics available!

The working group Animal Breeding offers a new selection of topics on different breeding issues in various animal species.

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