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Special Issue "Horse Breeding and Genetics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2020.
Interests: animal breeding; quantitative genetics; selection response; evolutionary biology; animal behaviour; functional traits; genetic diversity; horse; cattle; small populations
Interests: animal breeding; quantitative genetics; horse genomics, horse breeding management, small horse populations; cattle breeding management; small cattle populations
Studies on horse breeding and genetics are often dispersed in many scientific journals, and little attention is generally paid to topics such as horse genetic improvement and horse genomics, despite horses have been selected over time for a number of traits like speed, gaits, jumping performances, strength, or for more conventional traits like morphology or temperament. Worldwide, many horse breeds have been selected for preserving and improving traits of interest for sport performances or work. In addition, most horse breeds are small close populations with high levels of inbreeding and homozygosis, requiring appropriate breeding management. Novel traits such as fertility, longevity, and health have been recently included or should be included in breeding decisions. Furthermore, in spite of the current lack of genomic data, an implementation of genomic selection in equine management could provide substantial benefits, because of the long generation interval typical of horses. Additionally, new genomic features have increased interest in analyzing genetic diversity among horse breeds, and in attaining deep knowledge on the functionality of single or groups of genes involved in the expression of economical important traits. Gene networking or studies on other “omics-science” are also hot topics in horse breeding and genetics. We hereby are glad to invite authors to submit original manuscripts that address any aspect related to horse breeding and genetics. Topics of interest include the genetic improvement of novel and traditional traits, genetic correlations, and the response to selection; genome-wide association studies, genomic selection, and pathway analyses of traits; and genetic diversity, optimal contribution selection, characterization of horse genome variation, and studies on gene functionality.
Dr. Cristina Sartori
Prof. Roberto Mantovani
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- Animal breeding
- Genetic parameters
- Genetic diversity
- Animal genetic resources
- New traits
- Sport horses
- Racing horses
- Riding horses
- Draught horses