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Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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MOTA, L. F. M. et al. Growth comparison of different genetic groups using nonlinear models. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2015, vol.67, n.5, pp.1372-1380. ISSN 1678-4162.


This work aimed to adjust nonlinear models to describe the growth pattern of meat type and posture quail genotypes from hatch to 35 days of age. A total of 1280 male and female quails from EV1, EV2, UFV1, UFV2, UFV3, LF1 and LF2 and Posture genotypes were weighed every seven days, from hatch to 35 days of age. Brody, Gompertz, Logistic, von Bertalanffy and Richards models were used to fit the growth of the genetic groups. Statistical analyses were performed using PROC NLIN of SAS (Statistical Analysis System, version 9.0). The criteria used to select the model showing the best goodness of fit to the growth of the genotypes were: Adjusted Coefficient of Determination (R2), Asymptotic Standard Deviation (DPA), Absolut Mean Deviation (DMA), Asymptotic Index (AI), Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC), Akaike Information Criterion (AIC) and Errors Mean Square (MSE). All nonlinear models converged for the studied genotypes, except Richard the model for the Posture genotype. In general, the estimated parameters for the growth curve using nonlinear models suggested higher precocity for the Posture genotype in comparison to meat type genotypes. The Richard model overestimates the inflection point for all genotypes, except for the Posture genotype. The Gompertz, Logistic and von Bertalanffy are recommended to describe the growth patterns of the studied quail genetic groups. The Brody model did not converge and is not recommended to describe the genetic growth of the studied groups.

Keywords : Coturnix coturnix; Coturnix japonica; growth curve; growth parameter; weight maturity.

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