Special Issue "Genetic Structure of World Animal Populations"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Population and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Tomasz Szwaczkowski
Guest Editor
Department of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Wolynska st. 33, 60-637 Poznan, Poland
Interests: statistical animal genetics and genomics; conservation of animal genetic resources; Bayesian methods; information theory.
Prof. Dr. Martino Cassandro
Guest Editor
University of Padua, Dept Agron Food Nat Resources Anim & Environm DAFNAE, Viale dell'Università 16, Agripolis, I-35020 Legnaro, PD, Italy
Interests: Dairy Cattle; Economic values; Genetic improvement; Animal products; Livestock biodiversity; Genetic traceability

Special Issue Information

There are over 15,000 species of mammals and birds around the world. They are a huge wealth for our civilization. The majority of them are free-living, subject to various threats from the natural environment, such as climate change, urbanization, etc. Sometimes, zoos  are their only asylum, due to implemented conservation programs.

Although only a small percentage of animal species are considered farm animals, their numbers are much greater than those of animals living in the wild. The results of applied  genetic-improvement programs  (based on selection and crossbreeding) are many breeds, varieties, and commercial lines. Over the last decades, the advancing globalization of animal husbandry has led to a significant reduction in local populations, and consequently many species have been included in genetic resources conservation programs. However, new and often endangered populations are still being discovered, especially in developing countries.

The genetic structure of livestock and wild animal populations will be the topic of a Special Issue of Genes. We invite you to submit review articles, original papers, and short communications on genetic variation within and between animal populations. We hope that this Special Issue will be a valuable compendium of knowledge concerning not only biodiversity but also modern methods of molecular and statistical data analysis.

Prof. Dr. Tomasz Szwaczkowski
Prof. Dr. Martino Cassandro
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Conservation programs
  • Genetic diversity
  • Molecular markers
  • Local breeds
  • Pedigree analysis
  • Wild animal populations
  • Zoos

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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