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The genetics of cattle.

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This book contains 24 chapters covering various fields of genetics and biology of cattle. It serves as a reference book on cattle genetics for researchers, lecturers, students, farmers and specialists working in the industry. The first five chapters focus on systematics, phylogeny, domestication, breeds and factorial genetics of cattle. The next two chapters provide crucial information about the s...


Chapter 23 (Page no: 571)

Genetic aspects of cattle adaptation in the tropics.

This chapter examines the role of adaptation of beef cattle to the stressors of tropical environments and highlights the genetic basis of those traits and their relationships with productive attributes. The role of different genetic approaches (crossbreeding, within-breed selection and use of DNA-based technologies) in genetically improving the adaptation of cattle grazed in the tropics and subtropics is also discussed. Focus is given on the improvement of tropically adapted cattle (Bos indicus and tropically adapted taurine breeds) grazed in the tropics and subtropics. The role of molecular information in improving adaptive traits, particularly resistance to trypanosomiasis, bovine respiratory disease, heat stress, gastrointestinal nematodes (worms) and ticks, is also discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Systematics and phylogeny of cattle. Author(s): Hassanin, A.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) Genetic aspects of domestication. Author(s): Lenstra, J. A. Felius, M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 33) Breeds of cattle. Author(s): Buchanan, D. S. Lenstra, J. A.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 67) Molecular genetics of coat colour variation. Author(s): Ruvin, A.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 90) Genetics of morphological traits and inherited disorders. Author(s): Nicholas, F. W.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 103) Cytogenetics and chromosome maps. Author(s): Larkin, D. M. Farré, M.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 130) Bovine genomics. Author(s): Adelson, D. L. Qu ZhiPeng Raison, J. M. Lim, S. L.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 153) Bovine immunogenetics. Author(s): Aida, Y. Takeshima, S. Baldwin, C. L. Kaushik, A. K.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 192) Genetics of disease resistance. Author(s): Ruvinsky, A. Teale, A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 217) Molecular biology and genetics of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Author(s): Hunter, N.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 234) Genetics of behaviour in cattle. Author(s): Wiener, P.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 260) Genetics of reproduction in cattle. Author(s): Kirkpatrick, B. W.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 284) Modern reproductive technologies and breed improvement. Author(s): Saadi, H. A. S. Robert, C.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 318) Developmental genetics. Author(s): Ruvinsky, A.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 371) Genetic improvement of dairy cattle. Author(s): Ducrocq, V. Wiggans, G.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 397) Molecular genetics of milk protein production. Author(s): Sharp, J. A. Nicholas, K.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 433) Genetics of fatty acid composition in bovine milk and beef. Author(s): Nafikov, R. A. Soyeurt, H. Beitz, D. C.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 451) Genetic improvement of beef cattle. Author(s): Kinghorn, B. P. Banks, R. G. Simm, G.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 474) Genomic prediction and genome-wide association studies in beef and dairy cattle. Author(s): Garrick, D. J. Fernando, R.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 502) Genetics of feed intake and efficiency. Author(s): Berry, D. P. Kennedy, E. Crowley, J. J.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 523) Genetics of growth and body composition. Author(s): Thonney, M. L.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 544) Genetics of meat quality. Author(s): Mateescu, R. G.
Chapter: 24 (Page no: 598) Standard genetic nomenclature. Author(s): Hu, Z. L. Reecy, J. M. McCarthy, F. Park, C. A.