The importance of genetics & genomics in animal breeding
Many of the animal traits of interest for selection in modern balanced breeding goals either are difficult or expensive to measure, because they are sporadic (e.g. disease resistance can only be measured in the presence of disease challenge) or are destructive or are measured late in life or only in one sex.
For these traits, molecular genetic diagnostics for marker- or gene-assisted selection are of growing importance and the rate of discovery of such diagnostics is accelerated greatly by modern genomics and bioinformatics tools.
Supporting knowledge transfer for animal breeders
The UK is a global leader in commercial animal breeding and has a very strong research-base in animal science.
The KTN will support knowledge transfer in molecular genetic tools for animal breeders and the integration of these tools with advanced in quantitative biology.