Course: Biotechnology in Farm Animal Breeding

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Course title Biotechnology in Farm Animal Breeding
Course code KGZB/BMSZ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study 2
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Čítek Jindřich, prof. Ing. CSc.
  • Večerek Libor, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Contents of blocks of lectures and exercises: 1. Introduction to livestock breeding. 2. Basic principles of breeding. 3. The principle of prediction of breeding values and their reliability and accuracy. 4. Prediction of breeding value on the basis of own efficiency, efficiency of one or more related individuals, daughters and half-siblings. 5. Linear models in livestock breeding. 6. BLUP sire model. 7. BLUP animal model. 8. Prediction of breeding value - a little from practice. 9. Reliability of breeding value prediction. 10. Selection and selection programs. 11. Optimization of selection programs. 12. Use of genomics in breeding. 13. International genetic evaluation. 14. Hybridization.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 45 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to expand knowledge and skills in breeding livestock. Specific attention will be paid to the use of existing central databases of breeding institutions for estimating genetic parameters of populations and breeding values for individual performance traits. Teaching will also focus on the basics of genetic and economic evaluation of individuals and populations based on the control of performance and DNA information, monitoring the flow of genes in animal populations over time. Genetic and economic optimizations in the process of breeding and hybridization. The course requires knowledge of the basics of genetics, statistics and computer skills.
The student understands the processes of heredity and variability and can assess the breeding value of individuals based on their origin.
Předmět vyžaduje znalost základů genetiky, statistiky a dovednost v ovládání výpočetní techniky.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Active participation on lessons and exercises, or participation in seminars. Fulfillment of assigned tasks according to the teacher's instructions.
Recommended literature
  • Jakubec, V., Bezdíček J., Louda F. Selekce - inbríding - hybridizace. Agrovýzkum Rapotín s.r.o., s. 382, 2010..
  • Jakubec, V., Říha J., Golda J., Majzlík I. Odhad plemenné hodnoty hospodářských zvířat. Rapotín, s. 177, 1999.
  • Mrode, R.A., Thompson R. Linear Models for the Prediction of Animal Breeding Values, CABI. s. 344, 2005.
  • Niemann, H., Wrenzycki, Ch.. Animal Biotechnology 1: Reproductive Biotechnologies, Springer, 2018.
  • Niemann, H., Wrenzycki, Ch.. Animal Biotechnology 2: Emerging Breeding Technologies, Springer, 2018.
  • Přibyl, a kol. Genetic evaluation by linear models using own algorithms and standard software. VÚŽV, 2014.

Study plans that include the course
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