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Poultry genetics and genomics

Edited by: Prof. Jie Wen

Poultry egg and meat are the major sources of animal-based proteins for humans. With continuous genetic selection, modern poultry has become the most efficient domestic animal in cheap and quality protein production. To feed the rapidly growing human population and minimize climate degradation, however, poultry still face strong pressure to further improve production efficiency which will be highly dependent on the technology revolution. 

This special issue focus on the overview of research work, the significant progress during recent years and possible future prospects are highlighted. Topics include basic research progress on poultry genome annotation, achievements on genetic and genomic study of economic traits, and the advances in cutting-edge breeding technologies. The goal of editing and publishing this special issue is to advance our understanding of poultry genetics and genomics, and to provide insights into technological innovations for poultry genetic improvement.

This series was published in Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology.

  1. The myostatin (MSTN) gene is considered a potential genetic marker to improve economically important traits in livestock, since the discovery of its function using the MSTN knockout mice. The anti-myogenic functi...

    Authors: Joonbum Lee, Dong-Hwan Kim and Kichoon Lee
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2024 15:82
  2. Carcass traits are crucial indicators of meat production efficiency. However, the molecular regulatory mechanisms associated with these traits remain unclear.

    Authors: Di Zhao, Ranran Liu, Xiaodong Tan, Huimin Kang, Jie Wang, Zheng Ma, Haiquan Zhao, Hai Xiang, Zhengfen Zhang, Hua Li and Guiping Zhao
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2024 15:70
  3. Goose, descendants of migratory ancestors, have undergone extensive selective breeding, resulting in their remarkable ability to accumulate fat in the liver and exhibit a high tolerance for significant energy ...

    Authors: Guangliang Gao, Rui Liu, Silu Hu, Mengnan He, Jiaman Zhang, Dengfeng Gao, Jing Li, Jiwei Hu, Jiwen Wang, Qigui Wang, Mingzhou Li and Long Jin
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2024 15:60
  4. Carcass traits are crucial for broiler ducks, but carcass traits can only be measured postmortem. Genomic selection (GS) is an effective approach in animal breeding to improve selection and reduce costs. Howev...

    Authors: Wentao Cai, Jian Hu, Wenlei Fan, Yaxi Xu, Jing Tang, Ming Xie, Yunsheng Zhang, Zhanbao Guo, Zhengkui Zhou and Shuisheng Hou
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2023 14:74
  5. The genomes of worldwide poultry breeds divergently selected for performance and other phenotypic traits may also be affected by, and formed due to, past and current admixture events. Adaptation to diverse env...

    Authors: Michael N. Romanov, Alexandra S. Abdelmanova, Vladimir I. Fisinin, Elena A. Gladyr, Natalia A. Volkova, Olga A. Koshkina, Andrey N. Rodionov, Anastasia N. Vetokh, Igor V. Gusev, Dmitry V. Anshakov, Olga I. Stanishevskaya, Arsen V. Dotsev, Darren K. Griffin and Natalia A. Zinovieva
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2023 14:35
  6. Geese are among the most important poultry species in the world. The current generally accepted hypothesis is that the European domestic geese originated from greylag geese (Anser anser), and Chinese domestic gee...

    Authors: Junhui Wen, Haiying Li, Huie Wang, Jincheng Yu, Tao Zhu, Jinxin Zhang, Xinghua Li, Zhihua Jiang, Zhonghua Ning and Lujiang Qu
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2023 14:26
  7. Improving feed efficiency (FE) is one of the main objectives in broiler breeding. It is difficult to directly measure FE traits, and breeders hence have been trying to identify biomarkers for the indirect sele...

    Authors: Zhiyong Su, Xue Bai, Haoyu Wang, Shouzhi Wang, Chong Chen, Fan Xiao, Huaishun Guo, Haihe Gao, Li Leng and Hui Li
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2022 13:122
  8. Avian leukosis (AL) is a general term for a variety of neoplastic diseases in avian caused by avian leukosis virus (ALV). No vaccine or drug is currently available for the disease. Therefore, the disease can r...

    Authors: Guodong Mo, Ping Wei, Bowen Hu, Qinghua Nie and Xiquan Zhang
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2022 13:123
  9. Poultry genetics resources, including commercial selected lines, indigenous breeds, and experimental lines, are now being irreversibly lost at an alarming rate due to multiple reasons, which further threats th...

    Authors: Yanyan Sun, Yunlei Li, Yunhe Zong, Gamal M. K. Mehaisen and Jilan Chen
    Citation: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology 2022 13:115