This section aims to provide new methods and strategies to improve livestock production, dairy and beef cattle, sheep, poultry (meat-type, egg-type and local birds) and honey bee. Some important topics can be pursued by students interested in genetics and biotechnology.
- Improving economical traits (production, reproductive performance and survival traits).
- Developing the methods to evaluate and subsequently, streamline the research in livestock breeding to study the problems limiting genetic improvement.
- Studying the effect of genetic factors on the functioning of farm animals and optimum breeding schemes for selection.
- Conducting genetic analyses of commercial populations to get insight into the impact of both genetic and environmental sources on the economic traits.
- Addressing genetic variation and genetic correlations between the traits.
Genomics and molecular genetics
- Identification of candidate genes involved in livestock using new techniques.
- Bovine gene mapping and DNA sequencing.
- The study of the candidate genes and genetic variation in the quantitative traits.
- Methods and experimental designs for the detection of important QTL in farm animals for practical breeding programs.
- The use of different biometric approaches for the genetic ranking of breeding animals, including new tools, e.g. DNA information.
- The use of statistical genetic methods to evaluate candidate animals based on genetic models.
- Identification and development of PCR-based molecular markers linked to the improvement of genetic resistance to important diseases, e.g. mastitis.
- Bioinformatic methods for the integrated analysis of genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic, and phenotypic information.
- Diversity and conservation genetics studies of local breeds using morphological characters and DNA markers.