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Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare

In this course you will learn about disease genetics, genetics of animal behaviour and breeding for improved animal welfare. Three parallel parts run along the whole course: lectures, case studies and own project work. Computer exercises are also included. The lectures deal with health and behaviour of agriculture-, sport- and companion animals. Scientific discussion is an important part of the course. Together with other students you work on different cases where you practice what you learn during lectures. In the individual project, where you raise a research question and plan a scientific study, you get the chance to focus on your favourite topic. This course is a good preparation for your future thesis project.

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Additional course evaluations for HV0167

Academic year 2022/2023

Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare (HV0167-40098)

2023-03-22 - 2023-06-04

Academic year 2021/2022

Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare (HV0167-40005)

2022-03-24 - 2022-06-05

Academic year 2020/2021

Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare (HV0167-40021)

2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare (HV0167-40117)

2020-03-25 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare (HV0167-40113)

2019-03-26 - 2019-06-09

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

HV0167 Animal genetics - health, behaviour and welfare

List of literature

1. Arvelius, P. 2014. Genetic evaluation of behaviour in dogs. Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae 2014:59, 7-51.

2. Bishop, SC, Fleming, RH, McCormack, HA, Flock, DK and Whitehead, CC. 2000. Inheritance of bone characteristics affecting osteoporosis in laying hens. British poultry science, 41(1), 33-40.

3. Towards more sustainable animal breeding with Code EFABAR – EURACTIV 2022

4. Bishop, SC and Woolliams, JA. 2014. Genomics and disease resistance studies in livestock. Livestock science, 166, 190-198.

5. Brunberg, E, Rodenburg, B, Rydhmer, L, Kjaer, J, Jensen, P, Keeling, L. 2016. Omnivores Going Astray: A Review and New Synthesis of Abnormal Behavior in Pigs and Laying Hens. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, section Animal Behavior and Welfare 3:57. 15 pp.

6. König, S. and May, K. 2019. Invited review: Phenotyping strategies and quantitative-genetic background of resistance, tolerance and resilience associated traits in dairy cattle. Animal. 13:5. Pp 897-908.

7. Dawkins, M.S., Layton, R. 2012. Breeding for better welfare: genetic goals for broiler chickens and their parents. Animal Welfare 21, 147-155.

8. Dodman, NH, Karlsson, EK, Moon-Fanelli, A, Galdzicka, M, Perloski, M, Shuster, L, Lindblad-Toh, K, Ginns, EI. 2010. A canine chromosome 7 locus confers compulsive disorder susceptibility. Molecular Psychiatry 15, 8-10.

9. Dohoo, I.R., 2014. Bias — Is it a problem, and what should we do? Preventive veterinary medicine, 113(3), 331-337.

10. Emanuelson, U. and Egenvall, A., 2014. The data – Sources and validation. Preventive veterinary medicine, 113(3), 298-303.

11. Grimsrud, KM, Nielsen, HM, Navrud, S, Olesen, I. 2013. Households' willingness-to pay for improved fish welfare in breeding programs for farmed Atlantic salmon. Aquaculture 372–375, 19–27.

12. (Grandinson, K. 2005. Genetic background of maternal behavior and its relation to offspring survival. Livestock Production Science 93, 43-50.) – not used 2022

13. Haskell, MJ, Simm, G, Turner, SP. 2014. Genetic selection for temperament traits in dairy and beef cattle. Frontiers in genetics. October 2014, vol 5, 368, 61-78.

14. Jensen, P. 2006. Domestication—from behaviour to genes and back again. Applied animal behaviour science, 97(1), 3-15.

15. Jensen, P. 2015. Adding ‘epi-’to behaviour genetics: implications for animal domestication. Journal of Experimental Biology, 218(1), 32-40.

16. Jönsson, L., Näsholm, A., Roepstorff, L., Egenvall, A., Dalin, G. and Philipsson, J. 2014. Conformation traits and their genetic and phenotypic associations with health status in young Swedish warmblood riding horses. Livestock Science, 163, 12–25.

17. Karlsson, E.K., Baranowska, I., Wade, C.M., Hillbertz, N.H.S., Zody, M.C., Anderson, N., Biagi, T.M., Patterson, N., Pielberg, G.R., Kulbokas, E.J. and Comstock, K.E., 2007. Efficient mapping of mendelian traits in dogs through genome-wide association. Nature genetics, 39(11), pp.1321- 1328.

18. Liinamo, A-E., et al., 2007. Genetic variation in aggression-related traits in Golden Retriever dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 104(1-2)

19. Leenstra, Napel, Visscher and Sambeek 2016. Layer breeding programmes in a changing production environment: a historic perspective. World’s poultry science Journal 72, 21-35.

20. Malm, S., Fikse, W.F., Danell, B. and Strandberg, E., 2008. Genetic variation and genetic trends in hip and elbow dysplasia in Swedish Rottweiler and Bernese Mountain Dog. Journal of animal breeding and genetics, 125(6), pp.403-412.

21. Mattiello, S., Battini, M., Andreoli, E., Barbieri, S. 2011. Short communication: Breed differences affecting dairy cattle welfare in traditional alpine tie-stall husbandry systems. J. Dairy Sci. 94, 2403–2407.

22. Muir, WM, Cheng, HW, Croney, C. 2014. Methods to address poultry robustness and welfare issues through breeding and associated ethical considerations. Frontiers in genetics Nov 2014, vol 5, article 407. Pp 93-103.

23. Martin, W., 2014. Making valid causal inferences from observational data. Preventive veterinary medicine, 113(3), pp.281-297.

24. Understanding Animal Welfare – Keeling et al 2018 (In: Appleby, M.C., Olsson, A and Galindo. F. (Eds). Animal Welfare, 3rd edition. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, pp. 16-38. (2nd Edition is also ok to use))

25. Rauw and Gomez-Raya 2015. Genotype by environment interaction and breeding for robustness in livestock Frontiers in Genetics 20 oct 2015 doi 10.3389/fgene.2015.00310.

26. Rydhmer, L & Lundeheim, N. 2008. Breeding pigs for improved welfare. In: Welfare of pigs – from birth to slaughter. Eds: L Faucitano & AL Schaefer. Wageningen Academic Publishers. p 243-270.

27. Persson M.E., et al., 2018. Sociality genes are associated with human-directed social behaviour in golden and Labrador retriever dogs. PeerJ Nov 6;6:e5889

28. Shrestha, M. 2017. Genetics of equine insect bite hypersensitivity and genetic diversity in horses. Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae 2017:1, pages 13-65.

29. Removed literature

30. Tang, R., et al., 2014. Candidate genes and functional noncoding variants identified in a canine model of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Genome biology, 15(3), p.R25.

31. Van Laere, A.S., et al., 2003. A regulatory mutation in IGF2 causes a major QTL effect on muscle growth in the pig. Nature, 425(6960), pp.832-836.

32a. Sandøe, P., et al., 2021. Hornless cattle – is gene editing the best solution? In H. Schübel, & I. Wallimann-Helmer (Eds.), Justice and food security in a changing climate: EurSafe 2021, Fribourg, Switzerland, 24-26 June 2021 (pp. 324-330). Wageningen Academic Publishers.

32b. Eriksson, S., et al., 2018. Breeding and ethical perspectives on genetically modified and genome edited cattle. J Dairy Sci Jan;101(1):1-17

33. Goodwin, S., McPherson, J.D., McCombie, W.R., 2016. Coming of age: Ten years of next-generation sequencing technologies. May 17(6):333-51.

34. Viluma, A., Mikko, S., Hahn, D., Skow, L., Andersson, G., Bergström., T.F., 2017. Genomic structure of the horse major histocompatibility complex class II region resolved using PacBio long-read sequencing technology. Sci Rep. Mar 31;7:45518

35. Noh, J.H., et al., 2017. Integrating evolutionary and regulatory information with a multispecies approach implicates genes and pathways in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Nat Commun. Oct 17;8(1):774.

36. Sayyab S., et al., 2016. Whole-Genome Sequencing of a Canine Family Trio Reveals a FAM83G Variant Associated with Hereditary Footpad Hyperkeratosis. G3 (Bethesda). 6(3):521-7

37. Rydhmer, L., 2020. Advances in understanding the genetics of pig behaviour. In: Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of pigs (ed: S Edwards). Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.

38. Bourne, P.E., Chalupa L. M., 2006. Simple Rules for Getting Grants. PLoS Comput Biol. 2(2):e12

39. Strandberg, E., 2017. Introduction to statistical methods (written for the course)

40. Lyons, L.A., 2015. DNA mutations of the cat: The good, the bad the ugly. J Feline Med Surg. 17(3):203-19

41. Low, M., et al., 2019. Demography, heritability and genetic correlation of feline hip dysplasia and response to selection in a health screening programme. Sci Rep 9(1):17164

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Animal Science - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Animal Science Biology Biology
Course code: HV0167 Application code: SLU-30016 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics Pace: 100%