: Students should have attended ungraduated courses of basic genetics, quantitative genetics and animal breeding
Two intermediate tests: computer problems of matrix algebra and of genetic index calculations plus questions on genetic theory. Final interview.
Development of good knowledge of matrix algebra. Learning of methods for estimating the genetic merit of selection candidates. Practice in writing programs for breeding value calculation using R language.
Matrices. Matrix algebra. Inversion. Solving linear equation sytstems wiht matrices. Simple linear regression with matrices. Examples with R software
Evaluation of genetic merit. Selection index. Accuracy of selection index. Calculations with R software.
Mixed models. Additive relationship matrix. BLUP and BLUE solutions. Sire model. Genetic ties between herds. BLUP calculations with R software.
Marker assisted selection. Estimation of gentic merit using molecular data. The genomic breeding value. Calculation of genomic breeding values with R software. Calcolo del valore genetico genomico con il software R.
Book: G. Pagnacco, Genetica Applicata alle Produzioni Animali
(es. face to face, tutorials, laboratory, seminars, ...):
Face to face (60%), computer lab (40)