QTL analysis of body weight and conformation score in commercial broiler chickens using variance component and half-sib analyses

S J Rowe, D Windsor, C S Haley, D W Burt, P M Hocking, H Griffin, J Vincent, D J De Koning

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to investigate quantitative trait loci (QTL) in previously identified regions of chicken chromosomes 1, 4 and 5 relating to 40-day body weights and conformation scores. Half-sib (HS) and variance component analyses were implemented and compared using QTL Express software. Data were from a two-generation design and consisted of 100 dam families nested in 46 sire families with trait values for 2,708 offspring. Chicken chromosome 4 showed nominal significance for QTL affecting body weight and conformation, and linkage was confirmed for both traits on chromosome 5. Results varied according to method of analysis and with common parent in the HS method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-272
Number of pages4
JournalAnimal Genetics
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • Animals
  • Body Composition/genetics
  • Body Weight/genetics
  • Chickens/genetics
  • Chickens/growth & development
  • Chromosomes
  • Female
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genotype
  • Inbreeding
  • Male
  • Quantitative Trait Loci

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