AdaptMap: exploring goat diversity and adaptation

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2018-11-19
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Stella, Alessandra
Nicolazzi, Ezequiel Luis
Van Tassell, Curtis
Colli, Licia
Rosen, Benjamin
Sonstegard, Tad
Crepaldi, Paola
Tosser-Klopp, Gwenola
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Reecy, James
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Rothschild, Max
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Animal Science

The Department of Animal Science originally concerned itself with teaching the selection, breeding, feeding and care of livestock. Today it continues this study of the symbiotic relationship between animals and humans, with practical focuses on agribusiness, science, and animal management.

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The Department of Animal Husbandry was established in 1898. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Animal Science in 1962. The Department of Poultry Science was merged into the department in 1971.

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International initiatives on goat genetics and genomics

Goats are bred worldwide and present in a wide variety of production environments. Local breeds, which are well adapted to a range of agro-ecological conditions, contribute to ensuring the sustainability of livestock farming in marginal and difficult areas in both developed and developing countries. Compared to other livestock species, goats have been domesticated in a single region and subject to a limited amount of hybridization between breeds, thus they represent one of the best species for the study of genetic diversity and adaptation.

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This editorial is published as Stella, Alessandra, Ezequiel Luis Nicolazzi, Curtis P. Van Tassell, Max F. Rothschild, Licia Colli, Benjamin D. Rosen, Tad S. Sonstegard, Paola Crepaldi, Gwenola Tosser-Klopp, and Stephane Joost. "AdaptMap: exploring goat diversity and adaptation." 50 (2018): 61. doi: 10.1186/s12711-018-0427-5.

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