2003 Nordic postgraduate courses in Animal Breeding: Quantitative Genetics in Animal Breeding

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Class picture

Names, addresses and emails of 2003 students ( word.doc file)

Tons of excellent class photos from Veijo Vilva

A list of useful references appears at the bottom of this page.

Main Nordic 2003 website

Course Schedule, Readings and Lecture Notes

Walsh and Lynch refers to on-line draft chapters from our (yet to be finished) volume, Evolution and Selection on Quantitative Traits. Chapters can be viewed at http://nitro.biosci.arizona.edu/zbook/volume_2/vol2.html

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On Internet Explorer in some windows environments, the pages show up as blank. They are really there. Either try reloading or right-click on the link and select "Save Target" . The powerpoint files (.ppt) were generated on a Mac and hence some of the fonts might not transfer over to PCs. I also use EXTENSIVE animation, and again I make no claim this transfers over to a windows environment. Again, in some environments, clicking on the files opens them as an encoded text file.. Once again, try to right-click trick.

FTP site

All of this material is also on our ftp site, ftp://Nordic2003:Nordic2003@eeb19.biosci.arizona.edu There are five folders: pdf of lecture notes, powerpoint files, reprints/reading materials (References), Datasets (SAS code is here), amd mastersd, which has all of the files on the CD that will be handed out in class. For those this wish to use a strict ftp server, the site is eeb19.biosci.arizona.edu, user = Nordic2003, password=Nordic2003

Day 1: (Monday, 4 August )

  • Lecture 1: Basic statistical machinery (Walsh)

  • Lecture 2: Basic Population and Quantitative Genetics (Walsh)


    Day 2: (Tuesday, 5 August)

  • Lecture 3: Resemblances Between Relatives (Walsh)

  • Lecture 4: Basic Designs for Estimation of Genetic Parameters (Walsh)


    Day 3: (Wednesday, 6 August)

  • Lecture 5: Major Genes, Polygenes, and QTLs (Walsh)

  • Lecture 6: QTL Mapping (Walsh)


    Day 4 (Thursday, 7 August)

  • Lecture 7: Inbreeding and Heterosis (Walsh)

  • Lecture 8: Short-term Response Selection (Walsh)


    Day 5 (Friday, 8 August)

  • Lecture 9: Analysis of short-term selection experiments (Walsh)

  • Lecture 10: Linear Algebra and Linear Models (Walsh)


    Day 6 (Monday, 11 August)

    Problems for Lectures 11-19 --- pdf file.

  • Lecture 11: BLUP Estimation I (Muir)

  • Lecture 12: BLUP Estimation II (Muir)


    Day 7 (Tuesday, 12 August)

  • Lecture 13: Maternal Effects I: Non-inherited (Muir)

  • Lecture 14: Maternal Effects II: Inherited (Muir)


    Day 8 (Wednesday, 13 August)

  • Lecture 15: Genotype-Genotype interactions (Muir)

  • Lecture 16: Genotype-Environment interactions (Muir)


    Day 9 (Thursday, 14 August)

  • Lecture 17: Multi-trait selection: (Muir)

  • Lecture 18: Marker Assisted Selection (Muir)


    Day 10 (Friday, 15 August)

  • Lecture 19: Long Term Selection (Muir)

  • Lecture 20: The Future (Walsh/Muir)


    Useful References