Animal Behaviour

MOOC

Animal Breeding and Genetics

Understand the genetic and statistic principles that enable responsible animal breeding.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research
Date

Tue 13 February 2018 until Fri 17 August 2018

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Price description Free
Price Free

Content of the course

Animal breeding involves the selective breeding of domestic animals with the intention to improve desirable (and heritable) qualities in the next generation. This course introduces the steps required to design a programme for breeding animals and teaches the genetic and statistical concepts that are needed to build a solid breeding programme.

In this course, you will learn how an animal breeder balances the need for improving the desirable qualities of the animals with the need for genetic diversity and long-term sustainability of the breeding programme. You will learn about the scientific concepts in genetics that are applied in animal breeding, as well as how to apply the models and computational methods that are used in animal breeding.

Professionals working with animals will be able to use the knowledge from this course to understand the impact of breeding on animal populations and use genetic principles to make their decisions. This course will allow you an advanced starting point for further studies, such as M.Sc. level courses in breeding.

Knowledge of statistics at a 2nd or 3rd-year university level is needed to follow this course successfully.

The course is developed with financial support and input from the Koepon Foundation and the African Chicken Genetic Gains project.

What you will learn

  • The steps required in setting up a breeding programme.
  • Understanding of the main concepts in animal breeding.
  • Applying genetic models and tools to predict the breeding value of animals.
  • Tools to predict genetic change and/or inbreeding in populations.
  • Introduction to the dissemination of genetic progress in different animals.

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