Improvements in animal breeding play a critical role in enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production systems. New statistical and molecular technologies in genetics open up a vast array of potential applications. With genomic selection we have only seen the beginning of a new era. What is next?
With reviews of renowned experts on key developments in quantitative and molecular genetics for the next decade we geared up for what the future beholds. Prof. Johan van Arendonk, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) - Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre, and Addie Vereijken, Research Geneticist at Hendrix Genetics, started with the field of quantitative genetics technologies. In the second round, Prof. Martien Groenen, WUR - Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre and Michèle Tixier-Boichard of INRA, explored the future in molecular genetics technologies.
These two rounds of reviews triggered two panel discussions with groups of experts (molecular and quantitative) on the expected technical innovations and how to apply them in the industry. And above all, addressing the question: is science working on the most promising subjects from an industry perspective?