Whole genome scan of QTL for ultrasound and carcass merit traits in beef cattle

  • Author / Creator
    Nalaila, Sungael
  • A whole genome scan was conducted to identify and fine map QTL regions for ultrasound and carcass merit traits in beef cattle. A total of 465 steers and bulls, genotyped for 4592 SNPs, were analysed for 16 ultrasound and carcass merit traits using interval mapping, single marker regression and Bayesian shrinkage approaches. Thirty QTL and 22 SNPs associated with traits were identified by interval mapping and single marker regression respectively. In Bayesian shrinkage estimation, 218 QTL were identified, wherein 11 of the 30 QTL identified by interval mapping were confirmed. The proportions of QTL variance on the trait variations estimated by Bayesian shrinkage analysis were relatively small. They ranged from 0.1 to 4.8% compared to 6.1 to 11.7% in interval mapping because the QTL in Bayesian approach were adjusted to remove effects of other QTL in the genome. These results are useful for detection of underlying causative QTN variants.

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    Fall 2010
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    Master of Science
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