Advances in Poultry Genetics and Genomics

The poultry breeding sector faces a number of challenges, including the need to produce more resilient breeds in the face of disease, antibiotic resistance, increasing consumer concerns about bird health and welfare and expectations of meat and egg quality.

Advances in poultry genetics and genomics provides a comprehensive review of the recent developments in poultry genetics, breeding and genomics, focussing on the improvement of functional traits to build resilience, the use of genomic selection and its application in breeding improved layers and broilers, as well as the sector’s emerging trends such as epigenetics and genome editing.

With its distinguished editor team and international range of expert contributors, Advances in poultry genetics and genomics will be a standard reference for poultry scientists, companies involved in poultry breeding and government agencies supporting the poultry sector.

  • Particular focus on improving functional traits needed for more resilient poultry breeds
  • Comprehensive coverage of key advances in genomic selection and their practical application in breeding improved breeds of layers and broilers
  • Looks forward to emerging trends such as the use of epigenetics and genome editing
Table of Contents

Part 1 Poultry domestication, genetics and physiology
1.The origin and domestication of poultry species: Michèle Tixier-Boichard, INRAE, France; and Steffen Weigend, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany;
2.Molecular identification of major morphological mutations in poultry: Michèle Tixier-Boichard, INRAE, France;
3.The genetic basis for pigmentation phenotypes in poultry: Leif Andersson, Uppsala University, Sweden, Texas A&M University, USA and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden; Bertrand Bed’hom, Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB), Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), CNRS-SU-EPHE-UA, France; Cheng-Ming Chuong, University of Southern California, USA and National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan; Masafumi Inaba, University of Southern California, USA; Ron Okimoto, Cobb-Vantress Inc., USA; and Michèle Tixier-Boichard, INRAE, France;
4.Physiological challenges in poultry breeding: Douglas D. Rhoads and Robert F. Wideman Jr., University of Arkansas, USA;

Part 2 Genetics and genomics of complex traits
5.Genetics and genomics of meat quality traits in poultry species: Elisabeth Le Bihan-Duval, INRAE Val-de-Loire, Université de Tours, France; Nabeel Alnahhas, INRAE Val-de-Loire, Université de Tours and SYSAAF, France; Eva Pampouille, INRAE Val-de-Loire, Université de Tours and ITAVI, France; Cécile Berri, INRAE Val-de-Loire, Université de Tours, France; and Behnam Abasht, University of Delaware, USA;
6.Genetics and genomics of egg production traits in poultry species: A. Wolc, Iowa State University and Hy-Line International, USA; and J. Arango and J. E. Fulton, Hy-Line International, USA;
7.Genetics and genomics of feed utilization efficiency in poultry species: Behnam Abasht, University of Delaware, USA; Sandrine Mignon-Grasteau, INRA, France; Walter Bottje, University of Arkansas, USA; and Juniper Lake, University of Delaware, USA;
8.Genetics and genomics of behavioral and welfare traits in poultry species: Heng-wei Cheng and Sha Jiang, Livestock Behavior Research Unit, USDA-ARS, USA and Southwest University, China;
9.Genetics and genomics of immunity and disease traits in poultry species: M.-H. Pinard-van der Laan, INRAE, France; J. Kaufman, University of Edinburgh and University of Cambridge, UK; A. Psifidi, Royal Veterinary College, UK; H. Zhou, University of California-Davis, USA;and M. Fife, Aviagen Ltd and The Pirbright Institute, UK;
10.Genetics and genomics of skeletal traits: Martin Johnsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden;

Part 3 Use of omics in poultry breeding
11.Theory of genome-wide association for QTL detection: Henk Bovenhuis, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands; Frédéric Farnir, Liège University, Belgium; and Pascale Le Roy, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, France;
12.Genomic selection using Bayesian methods: L. Varona, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain; and S. E. Aggrey and R. Rekaya, University of Georgia, USA;
13.Genomic selection in poultry breeding using single-step genomic best linear unbiased prediction: Ignacy Misztal and Daniela Lourenco, University of Georgia, USA;
14.Application of genomic selection (GS) in breeding commercial meat-type chickens: Andreas Kranis, Roslin Institute – University of Edinburgh and Aviagen Ltd, UK; and Gerasimos Maniatis, Aviagen Ltd, UK;
15.Application of genomic selection in commercial egg-type populations: J. E. Fulton, Hy-Line International, USA and A. Wolc, Hy-Line International and Iowa State University, USA;
16.Landscape genomics: application in poultry breeding: Romdhane Rekaya and Samuel E. Aggrey, University of Georgia, USA;

Part 4 Emerging issues and future challenges in poultry breeding;
17.Breeding for small-scale poultry farming: R. N. Chatterjee, ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, India;
18.Poultry breeding for sustainability and plasticity in functional traits: reality or fiction in the midst of conflicting interests: Samuel E. Aggrey, University of Georgia, USA; Paul B. Siegel, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia State University, USA; and Romdhane Rekaya, University of Georgia, USA;
19.The use of nutrigenomics in poultry breeding for sustainable production: Sami Dridi, University of Arkansas, USA;
20.The use of epigenetics in poultry breeding: Johan Buyse, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Anne Collin and Vincent Coustham, INRAE, France; Elske de Haas, Utrecht University, The Netherlands; and Frédérique Pitel, INRAE, France;
21.The use of genome editing in poultry breeding: Maeve Ballantyne, Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH), The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK; Dadakhalandar Doddamani, The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK; and Michael J. McGrew, Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH), The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK;

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