Evaluating Animal Breeding Programmes
Animal breeding, and especially breeding of farm animals and aquaculture species, has developed into a professional industry with modern technologies, large-scale data collection, and analyses. This has resulted in very efficient and effective breeding programs. However, in many developing countries, and for many lesser known livestock and fish species there is a need for tailor-made breeding programs. In this MOOC, you will learn about the implementation and evaluation of both large industrial scale and the tailor-made breeding programs, in terms of genetic progress and genetic diversity.
Together with other learners, you will dive into the reasons behind crossbreeding in relation to dissemination of genetic improvement. It is essential to know how key biological factors affect the structure of a breeding program and to understand the different structures a breeding program can have.
Who should attend?
Knowledge of statistics at a 2nd or 3rd year university level is needed to follow this course successfully.
Introduction to evaluating animal breeding programmes, along the seven steps that are needed to set up a breeding programme.
Crossbreeding and Dissemination
Learning about heterosis and crossbreeding, including crossbreeding schemes in practice. Learning about the most important breeding programme structures and schemes, and about which key factors influence this structure.
Evaluation of Breeding Programmes
How do we assess genetic improvement in breeding programmes? Lets investigate limits to selection, genotype by environment interaction and its consequences for breeding programmes. Learn how multi-trait selection can reduce unwanted correlated responses.
Genetic Diversity I - Monogenic Recessive Disorders
This module is all about the nature of monogenic recessive disorders, their mode of inheritance and about strategies to eliminate these defects. Learn about the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and about genetic drift in relation to genetic diversity.
Genetic Diversity II - Population Level
Lets study the forces that affect genetic diversity on a population level, and factors that influence the rate of inbreeding. We will predict the rate of inbreeding in simple situations, and learn how to monitor genetic diversity. Finally, we will discuss in vivo and in vitro strategies to conserve genetic diversity.
Breeding Programmes in Practice
Introduction to evaluating animal breeding programmes in practice, through a number of real life situations. How do the different topics covered in the course affect choices made when designing and evaluating a breeding programme?
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Wageningen University & Research, a partner institute of EdX.
4-6 hours per week
- Verified Track -$149
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Introduction to evaluating breeding programmes
- Crossbreeding and dissemination of genetic improvement
- Evaluation of breeding programmes
- Genetic diversity in monogenic recessive diseases
- Genetic diversity at a population level
- Breeding programmes in practice
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