HFA304 Management of genetic diversity

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Theodorus Hendrikus Elisabeth Meuwissen

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:125 working hrs.

Teaching and exam period:This course has teaching/evaluation in June block,

About this course

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.

Learning outcome


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.

General competences:

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, computer practicals and exercises.
  • Lecturing, computer practicals, and plenary discussions.
  • HFA200.
  • Oral examination at the end of June block (Grade A-F). Practicals must be approved before the examination result is given.

  • An external examiner will be used.
  • Computer practicals to be submitted on Canvas as evidence of effort.
  • Approximately 70 hrs
  • Master students in Animal Science.
  • The entire course is part of HFA300.
  • Special requirements in Science