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British sheep breeds as a part of world sheep gene pool landscape: looking into genomic applications

Romanov, Michael N., Zinovieva, Natalia A., Griffin, Darren K. (2021) British sheep breeds as a part of world sheep gene pool landscape: looking into genomic applications. Animals, 11 (4). Article Number 994. ISSN 2076-2615. E-ISSN 2076-2615. (doi:10.3390/ani11040994) (KAR id:89154)


Sheep farming has been an important sector of the UK’s economy and rural life for many centuries. It is the favored source of wool, meat and milk products. In the era of exponential progress in genomic technologies, we can now address the questions of what is special about UK sheep breed genotypes and how they differ genetically form one another and from other countries. We can reflect how their natural history has been determined at the level of their genetic code and what traces have been left in their genomes because of selection for phenotypic traits. These include adaptability to certain environmental conditions and management, as well as resistance to disease. Application of these advancements in genetics and genomics to study sheep breeds of British domestic selection has begun and will continue in order to facilitate conservation solutions and production improvement.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3390/ani11040994
Uncontrolled keywords: British sheep breeds; conservation; adaptation; disease resistance; phenotypic traits; genetic improvement; genomic research; SNPs; QTLs; whole genome sequence
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Biosciences
Signature Themes: Food Systems, Natural Resources and Environment
Depositing User: Mike Romanov
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2021 18:00 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2023 13:20 UTC
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