About the Animal Breeding and Genetics Group

The Animal Breeding and Genetics group (ABG) provides education and generates knowledge on the role and sustainable use of genetic variation in animals. ABG contributes to our quality of life by providing knowledge to support the adequate supply of safe and healthy food of animal origin, and to enhance the health, welfare and productivity of animals. The group combines expertise in quantitative and molecular genetics related to the biological functioning of animals. ABG studies genetic variation in farm and companion animals, and examines opportunities to use naturally occurring genetic variation in selection schemes. The ABG activities contribute to all three WIAS research themes, which are:

  •     Characterization, utilisation and conservation of (agro)biodiversity
  •     Animal Functioning (health, welfare and production)
  •     Quality of animal products.

Chairleader(s) during the review period: Prof. dr. ir. Johan A.M. van Arendonk (since November 2001).


Starting date of the chair group: Prof. dr. R.D. Politiek is the founder of the chair group. He joined the staff of the Department of Animal Science in 1960 and was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Animal Breeding in 1968. After his retirement in September 1988, Prof. dr. E.W. Brascamp was appointed as his successor and chair in Animal Breeding and Applied Genetics.