• Structure, Organization and Economics of Poultry Breeding
• Breeding Strategies for primary and functional traits in poultry and water fowl
(genetics and breeding in reproduction, feed conversion, growth, product
quality, immune system, disease resistance, behavior and well-being,
environmentaladaption and metabolic stability).
This includes particularly:
• Methods of phenotyping and performance testing
• Estimation of breeding values (conventional and genomic)
• Selection index and BLUP
• Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and QTL mapping
• Software application
Learning outcome, core skills:
The module teaches substantiated and application-orientated understandings of the
poultry breeding sector. The main organizational and technological elements of the
current breeding programs as well as their optimization to future breeding challenges
will be provided. Thereby, breeding strategies of relevant economic traits will be shown
concentrating on the development of selection strategies to improve functional traits
(adaption to climate, disease resistance, behavior, reproduction, product quality,
metabolic dysfunction). Students will learn the application of quantitative and molecular
genetic technologies for the applied research in poultry breeding.
Attendance to the mandatory excursion
Profound knowledge about applied poultry breeding.