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Peach was domesticated in China more than four millennia ago and from there it spread world-wide. Since the middle of the last century, peach breeding programs have been very dynamic generating hundreds of new commercial varieties, however, in most cases such varieties derive from a limited collection of parental lines (founders). This is one reason for the(More)
Binary traits are often encountered in plant (and animal) breeding. These include resistance/susceptibility to diseases or the presence/absence of a given characteristic. Root vigor in sugar beet is related to nutrient uptake from the soil and sugar yield and can be classified as either high or low, thus providing an example of binary trait of agronomic(More)
Genomic selection based on genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) data could accelerate alfalfa yield gains, if it displayed moderate ability to predict parent breeding values. Its interest would be enhanced by predicting ability also for germplasm/reference populations other than those for which it was defined. Predicting accuracy may be influenced by statistical(More)
In recent years, the use of genomic information in livestock species for genetic improvement, association studies and many other fields has become routine. In order to accommodate different market requirements in terms of genotyping cost, manufacturers of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) arrays, private companies and international consortia have(More)
Genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) is a rapid and cost-effective genome-wide genotyping technique applicable whether a reference genome is available or not. Due to the cost-coverage trade-off, however, GBS typically produces large amounts of missing marker genotypes, whose imputation becomes therefore both challenging and critical for later analyses. In this(More)
Biometric identification systems exploit automated methods of recognition based on physiological or behavioural people characteristics. Among these, fingerprints are very affordable biometric identifiers. In order to build embedded systems performing real-time authentication, a fast computational unit for image processing is required. In this paper we(More)