Pesquisa Agropecuária Brasileira
Print version ISSN 0100-204X
VIANA, JOSÉ MARCELO SORIANO. Generation mean analysis in relation to polygenic systems with epistasis and fixed genes. Pesq. agropec. bras. [online]. 2000, vol.35, n.6, pp. 1159-1167. ISSN 0100-204X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-204X2000000600012.
Epistatic effects involving genic combinations of fixed and non fixed genes are shown to contribute to the genotypic mean of any population. These effects define specific additive x additive and additive x dominant epistatic components. As such components are not estimable, their relative importance cannot be assessed. These epistatic effects can cause bias in the estimates of the additive and dominance components to which they are confounded. The magnitude of the bias depends on the relative values of the epistatic effects, comparatively to deviations d and h, type of prevailing epistasis and direction of dominance.
Keywords : biometrical genetics; components of means.