Special Issue "Morpho-Functional and Genetic Characterization of Local Breeds"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: conservation and characterization of zoogenetic resources; exemplary genetic evaluation; real genetic evaluation; preparation of breeding catalogs and reports; control of yields in the field - Meat, milk, fiber, behavior, sports and eggs; information; storage and data preparation; artificial insemination; seminal collection and freezing
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Hunting and harvesting humans became farmers during the Neolithic period, when they started growing plants and tending animals. New Neolithic societies flourished and succeeded, starting the colonization of the world accompanied by their genetic resources. These genetic resources became adapted to a wide scope of environments, by means of genetic processes such as genetic drift, mutation, migration, and natural or induced selection. This diversification produced thousands of locally adapted breeds in several species, becoming the protagonist for food production until the arrival of the industrial revolution, when extensive farming was progressively substituted by intensive systems. At this point, hundreds of local breeds became endangered, and many of them disappeared. The second half of the 20th century was characterized by a general growing concern for the survival of these populations, especially in occidental countries, and many conservation programs were implemented. However, currently, many breeds are close to extinction, even if some of them are still to be discovered. The first step toward conservation is the definition and characterization of the breeds, and in the present issue, we offer a platform for the dissemination of the important findings obtained in the world through high-level research regarding the morphological (multivariate analysis involving quantitative and qualitative traits), productive (milk, meat, wool and fibers, eggs, sport and work, behavior, etc.), and genetic characterization (DNA markers, demography) of domestic species’ local breeds. International studies involving several local breeds in the aforementioned areas will be welcomed.
Dr. Juan Vicente Delgado Bermejo
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- multivariate analysis
- wool and fiber
- sport and work