Special Issue "Conservation of Rare Breeds of Livestock"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019) | Viewed by 29028
For most of human history, the use of domesticated animals has been one of consistent expansion of breeds by both numbers and levels of diversity. Breeds served as predictable genetic resources, with each breed being used in one or a few of the wide varieties of environments in which humans lived. The wide variety of predictable genetic resources contributed significantly to human survival as well as to cultural development. The last century has seen a dramatic reversal of this long-term pattern of expansion. The current situation is one of collapse and loss of many genetic resources, because production systems increasingly rely on only a handful of productive breeds for use across the globe. The diminishing status of genetic resources is occurring at the same time that environments and production systems are experiencing high rates of change. This brings the risk that future systems may lack the well-adapted genetic resources necessary for their optimal function. This Special Issue provides a platform to explore a wide range of topics relevant to the definition, documentation, use, and conservation of genetic resources of domesticated animals, in addition to the reasons for their endangerment and strategies for their effective conservation.
Dr. Phillip Sponenberg
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- Domesticated animals
- Animal production systems