Determination and evaluation of genetic diversity within livestock breeds is of crucial importance for making the right conservation decisions and for an efficient use of resources available for conservation.
This project has the general objective of exploring the opportunities of large amounts of marker data for conservation of genetic diversity within livestock breeds. The recent availability of dense marker maps (SNP markers) for livestock species enables the evaluation of diversity for specific regions of the genome, and genetic diversity for specific traits at different regions at the genome can be localized.
The aims in this study are:
- develop scientific methods to evaluate genetic diversity across the whole genome using dense marker maps
- apply these methods to case studies, with focus on the neutral diversity over the genome and the diversity of specific traits, and the effect of selection
- translate the results into tools for the genetic conservation of livestock in gene banks
Conservation priorities for the different lines of Dutch Red and White Friesian cattle change when relationships with other breeds are taken into account
Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics 134 (2017)1. - ISSN 0931-2668 - p. 69 - 77.
Conserving a single gene versus overall genetic diversity with the help of optimal contributions
In: Book of Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production. - : Wageningen Academic Publishers - ISBN 9789086867615 - p. 11 - 11.
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Differences in bovine milk fat composition among dairy breeds in the Netherlands
In: Book of Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production. - : Wageningen Academic Publishers - ISBN 9789086867615 - p. 16 - 16.
Differences in milk fat composition predicted by mid-infrared spectrometry among dairy cattle breeds in the Netherlands
Journal of Dairy Science 96 (2013)4. - ISSN 0022-0302 - p. 2570 - 2582.
Genetic parameters for androstenone, skatole, indole, and human nose scores as measures of boar taint and their relationship with finishing traits
Journal of Animal Science 90 (2012)7. - ISSN 0021-8812 - p. 2120 - 2129.
Genomics of a revived breed : Case study of the Belgian campine cattle
PLoS ONE 12 (2017)4. - ISSN 1932-6203
Heritability of milk fat composition is considerably lower for Meuse-Rhine-Yssel compared to Holstein Friesian cattle
Livestock Science 180 (2015). - ISSN 1871-1413 - p. 58 - 64.
Management of inbreeding rates and relatedness in pedigreed dogs in the Netherlands
In: Book of Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production. - : Wageningen Academic Publishers - ISBN 9789086867615 - p. 68 - 68.
Overlap in genomic variation associated with milk fat composition in Holstein Friesian and Dutch native dual-purpose breeds
Journal of Dairy Science 98 (2015)9. - ISSN 0022-0302 - p. 6510 - 6521.