HFA304 Theory and Application of Inbreeding Management
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Course responsible: Theodorus Hendrikus Elisabeth Meuwissen
Teachers: Peer Berg
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN
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This course has teaching/evaluation in June block, August block: semester report must be approved before the examination result is given.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2008V
Master students in Animal Science.
Introduction to inbreeding, Phenomenon associated with inbreeding, Relationships, Genetic contributions, Minimizing inbreeding, Inbreeding and selection, Contribution of mating to managing inbreeding, Quantitative genetics guide to DNA markers, Using DNA markers in diversity studies, Constructing (genomic) relationship matrices and their use, Managing inbreeding within genomes.
Students can describe: (i) alternative methods to estimate (genomic) inbreeding and relationships, (ii) the evolution of inbreeding, relationships and genetic variances within and between (small) populations, (iii) methods for the management of inbreeding and genetic diversity in small populations.
Students can estimate inbreeding and relationships and optimal genetic contributions using alternative sources of data, including genomic data.
The students develop analytical approaches to the management of genetic diversity in small populations, and unravel the contributions of inbreeding, (genomic) relationships and genetic variance to the total genetic diversity. The students should acquire sufficient knowledge to follow advanced courses in the fields of genomic relationships, inbreeding, optimal contribution selection, and the management of genetic diversity.
Lectures, practical data-sets, computer practicals and exercises.
Lecturing, computer practicals, real case data, and plenary discussions.
Meuwissen, Theo and Woolliams, John. Lecture notes. All lectures have printed notes.
Computer practicals to be presented as evidence of effort. August block: semester report must be approved before the examination result is given.
Oral examination at the end of June block (Grade A-F). August block: semester report must be approved before the examination result is given.
250 working hrs.
Special requirements in Science
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Approximately 70 hrs
An external examiner will be used.
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / F