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Animal Breeding and Genetics


This programme focuses on the improvement of animal genetic resources for more sustainable livestock production and develops knowledge in quantitative genetics, genomics, metagenomics, statistics and information systems.

The main lines of research include genetic and microbial determinism of animal production efficiency, robustness and resilience. The knowledge generated is applied to the development and implementation of new methods and selection strategies in pigs and rabbits.



Relevant scientific publications:

Crespo-Piazuelo D., Ramayo-Caldas Y., González-Rodríguez O., Pascual M., Quintanilla R., Ballester M. 2021. A co-association network analysis reveals putative regulators for health-related traits in pigs. Frontiers in Immunology, 12:784978.

Piles M., Bergsma R., Gianola D., Gilbert H., Tusell Ll. 2021. Feature Selection Stability and Accuracy of Prediction Models for Genomic Prediction of Residual Feed Intake in Pigs Using Machine Learning. Frontiers in Genetics, 12:611506.

Reverter A., Ballester M., Alexandre P., Mármol-Sánchez E., Dalmau A., Quintanilla R., Ramayo-Caldas Y. 2021. A gene co-association network regulating gut microbial communities in a Duroc pig population. Microbiome, 9:11-16.

Velasco-Galilea M., Piles M., Ramayo-Caldas Y., Sánchez JP. 2021. The value of gut microbiota to predict feed efficiency and growth of rabbits under different feeding regimes. Scientific Reports, 11, 19495.

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