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Revista Brasileira de Saúde e Produção Animal

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MENDONCA, Patrícia Tristão et al. Estimation of genetic parameters in an F2 swine population. Rev. bras. saúde prod. anim. [online]. 2012, vol.13, n.2, pp.330-343. ISSN 1519-9940.

The aim of this work was to estimate genetic parameters for carcass, carcass cuts, meat quality and performance traits in an F2 swine population (Piau x commercial strain) in order to understand the inheritance of the traits and the association among them. Heritability estimates and genetic correlations were obtained using univariate and bivariate animal models, respectively, and (co)covariance components were obtained by means of restricted maximum likelihood analyses using the software MTDFREML. The heritability estimates using single trait model ranged from 0.10 to 0.43 for carcass, 0.07 to 0.47 for carcass cuts, 0.14 to 0.40 for meat quality and 0.18 to 0.86 for performance traits. The genetic correlation estimates using bi-trait model were high for several traits, showing that they are controlled by the same genes or linked genes. These results suggest that a better understanding of the genetic correlation among the traits, as well as, the quantitative trait loci position can be obtained by mapping studies in this population.

Keywords : genetic correlation; heritability; Piau breed; quantitative trait loci.

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