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Advances in poultry genetics and genomics


Dr Samuel E. Aggrey is a Richard B. Russell Professor of Genetics, NutriGenomics and Bioinformatics at the University of Georgia, with an international reputation for his work on the genetics of feed utilization efficiency and genome selection in poultry.

Dr Huaijun Zhou is Professor of Immunogenetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California-Davis and Director of the USAID Feed the Future Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry which focuses on improving poultry resistance to a range of biotic and abiotic stresses.

Dr Michèle Tixier-Boichard is a Senior Scientist at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) and is internationally known for her research on the genetics of egg production traits and poultry genetic diversity.

Dr Douglas Rhoads is University Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the graduate program in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Arkansas and a leading researcher in the genetics and genomics of poultry diseases.



Publication date:

21 July 2020

Length of book:

580 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786763242

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"This book gives a good overall review of the advances that have recently occurred in the fields of poultry genetics and genomics…one thing that really struck me about this book was the calibre of the editorial team and the international range and expertise of the contributing authors. With over 550 pages this book is well worth its place on the bookshelf of anyone who is interested in poultry breeding and genomics."International Hatchery Practice

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 poultry 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.

What others are saying...

“This book represents the state of the art in poultry genetics and genomics, written by world experts in the field. This is a rapidly changing field, so it is timely to have a reference work for the poultry industry, poultry scientists and students, and government and other research organisations. Congratulations to everyone for a timely review on such an important subject.”
Professor David W. Burt, Director of UQ Genomics, University of Queensland, Australia and Honorary Chair in Comparative Genomics, University of Edinburgh, UK

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;