Genome-wide estimates of genetic diversity, inbreeding and effective size of experimental and commercial rainbow trout lines undergoing selective breeding

Jonathan D'Ambrosio, Florence Phocas*, Pierrick Haffray, Anastasia Bestin, Sophie Brard-Fudulea, Charles Poncet, Edwige Quillet, Nicolas Dechamp, Clemence Fraslin, Mathieu Charles, Mathilde Dupont-Nivet

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Background: Selective breeding is a relatively recent practice in aquaculture species compared to terrestrial livestock. Nevertheless, the genetic variability of farmed salmonid lines, which have been selected for several generations, should be assessed. Indeed, a signifcant decrease in genetic variability due to high selection intensity could have occurred, potentially jeopardizing the long-term genetic progress as well as the adaptive capacities of populations facing change(s) in the environment. Thus, it is important to evaluate the impact of selection practices on genetic diversity to limit future inbreeding. The current study presents an analysis of genetic diversity within and between six French rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) experimental or commercial lines based on a medium-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) chip and various molecular genetic indicators: fxation index (FST), linkage disequilibrium (LD), efective population size (Ne) and inbreeding coefcient derived from runs of homozygosity (ROH).
Results: Our results showed a moderate level of genetic diferentiation between selected lines (FST ranging from 0.08 to 0.15). LD declined rapidly over the frst 100 kb, but then remained quite high at long distances, leading to low estimates of Ne in the last generation ranging from 24 to 68 depending on the line and methodology considered. These results were consistent with inbreeding estimates that varied from 10.0% in an unselected experimental line to 19.5% in a commercial line, and which are clearly higher than corresponding estimates in ruminants or pigs. In addition, strong variations in LD and inbreeding were observed along the genome that may be due to diferences in local rates of recombination or due to key genes that tended to have fxed favorable alleles for domestication or production.
Conclusions: This is the frst report on ROH for any aquaculture species. Inbreeding appeared to be moderate to high in the six French rainbow trout lines, due to founder efects at the start of the breeding programs, but also likely to sweepstakes reproductive success in addition to selection for the selected lines. Efcient management of inbreeding is a major goal in breeding programs to ensure that populations can adapt to future breeding objectives and SNP information can be used to manage the rate at which inbreeding builds up in the fsh genome.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGenetics Selection Evolution
Early online date6 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


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