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Canalising selection is handled by a heteroscedastic model involving a genotypic value for the mean and a genotypic value for the log variance, associated with a single phenotypic value. A selection objective is proposed as the expected squared deviation of the phenotype from the optimum, of a progeny of any candidate for selection. Indices and approximate(More)
Classical selection for increasing prolificacy in sheep leads to a concomitant increase in its variability, even though the objective of the breeder is to maximise the frequency of an intermediate litter size rather than the frequency of high litter sizes. For instance, in the Lacaune sheep breed raised in semi-intensive conditions, ewes lambing twins(More)
In a series of papers, alternative models for QTL detection in livestock are proposed and their properties evaluated using simulations. This first paper describes the basic model used, applied to independent half-sib families, with marker phenotypes measured for a two or three generation pedigree and quantitative trait phenotypes measured only for the last(More)
Susceptibility to scrapie is largely controlled by the PRNP gene in mice and in several other species. However, individuals with identical scrapie susceptibility Prnp alleles may have very different incubation periods, suggesting the influence of other environmental and genetic factors. To detect loci influencing susceptibility to TSE, two mouse lines(More)
In this paper, we compare four different methods of dealing with the unknown linkage phase of sire markers which occurs in the detection of quantitative trait loci (QTL) in a half-sib family structure when no information is available on grandparents. The methods are compared by considering a Gaussian approximation of the progeny likelihood instead of the(More)
Inheritance of the ovulation rate (OR) in the Lacaune meat breed was studied through records from a small nucleus of 36 hyper-prolific ewes screened on farms on the basis of their natural litter size, and from progeny data of three selected Lacaune sires. These sires were chosen at the AI centre according to their breeding values estimated for the mean and(More)
BACKGROUND Our aim was to simulate the data for the QTLMAS2011 workshop following a pig-type family structure under an oligogenic model, each QTL being specific. RESULTS The population comprised 3000 individuals issued from 20 sires and 200 dams. Within each family, 10 progenies belonged to the experimental population and were assigned phenotypes and(More)
Spurious associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms and phenotypes are a major issue in genome-wide association studies and have led to underestimation of type 1 error rate and overestimation of the number of quantitative trait loci found. Many authors have investigated the influence of population structure on the robustness of methods by(More)
In this study, the potential association of PrP genotypes with health and productive traits was investigated. Data were recorded on animals of the INRA 401 breed from the Bourges-La Sapinière INRA experimental farm. The population consisted of 30 rams and 852 ewes, which produced 1310 lambs. The animals were categorized into three PrP genotype classes: ARR(More)
Bovine dermatophilosis is a severe skin infection of tropical ruminants inducing a severe loss in productivity and a 15% mortality rate. This disease is caused by the actinomycete bacterium Dermatophilus congolensis associated with the tick Amblyomma variegatum. Currently there are no prospects for a vaccine, and acaricide or antibiotic control is hampered(More)