Graham Plastow

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Identifying functional gene variants and non-additive effects to enhance the power of genomic selection of purebred pigs for crossbred performance

2016/17-2019/20 • $408,000 • PI,CO
Genetically improving lean meat yield and pork quality is a key approach for the Canadian swine industry to enhance global competitiveness and overall profitability. Genomically enhanced estimated breeding values (GEBVs) are based on DNA marker genotypes and effects. GEBVs are used to increase...

Enhancing production in mink through advanced genomics

2018/19-2019/20 • $370,691 • PI,CO
Together, the mink industry in Canada and the United States add more than $4 billion to the North American economy each year, and $1 billion to the Canadian economy alone. The Canadian fur industry accounts for approximately 60,000 jobs across the country and North America is the fourth largest...

Use of-omics technologies toward profitability and beef consumers' satisfaction

2017/18-2018/19 • $279,900 • PI,CO
Canadian beef producers have a tremendous opportunity to meet the increasing global demand for high quality animal protein products. However, high feed costs and inconsistent quality remain significant challenges. Research has been underway towards addressing these challenges through the use of...

Using genomics to characterize and maintain genetic variation in heritage chicken breeds

2018/19 • $25,000 • PI
In the past 50 years, poultry production has seen a steep increase in productivity due to rigorous trait selection*by breeders. The resulting modern strains are well suited to survive under commercial conditions where*management (e.g., vaccination, controlled environment, antibiotics, nutrition)...

Forage to Beef

2018/19 • $4,500 • PI
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Novel selection strategies for sows and boars to optimize litter quality and performance

2015/16-2017/18 • $300,000 • PI,CO
Global, national and regional genetic companies are able to supply the Canadian pork production industry with production sows and terminal line boars with exceptional genetic merit. However, using existing management practices, and because of inadvertent genetic-environment interactions,...

Pyrosequencer for genomics and epigenomics research

2016/17 • $103,234 • PI,CO
A multi-user core facility, Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics Unit (AGP Unit), in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, provides key capacity for researchers employing genomics technologies for technological innovation in food and the bio-economy. These internationally...

Investigation of genomic approaches for management of early maturation in farmed Atlantic salmon

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
Early maturation of salmon, called "grilsing" is a significant problem for the industry as it reduces the eating quality of the fish. Salmon breeding programs are designed to reduce early maturation at the same time as decreasing days to market and increasing survivability to market weight. In...

Demonstrating the Value of Research at the Ranch

2016/17 • $5,000 • PI
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Developing genomic breeding values for the Hays Converter

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
Genomics has had a large impact in dairy cattle through the application of genomic selection. This was achieved with a panel of 50,000 (50k) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). In beef cattle the largest impact has been to the assigning of parentage (which does increase rates of genetic...

Whole genome association analysis for pork quality in both cross- and pure-bred populations.

2011/12-2013/14 • $953,074 • PI,CO
Understanding the genes involved in variation in complex traits in human diseases is one of the most exciting areas of biological research. This area is termed genomics. Genomics technology also offers tremendous opportunities for animal breeders, as it can provide new tools that can be used to...

LGC 2013: Turning Information into Application

2013/14 • $2,500 • PI
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A method of predicting the phenotype of cattle through the analysis of one or more single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) is described. More particularly, a method for predicting cattle temperament and behavior through the analysis of one or more single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) mapped at specific regions of the bovine genome is described.
Related applications: WO2011CA00306


Methods of identifying cattle having increased feed efficiency using a small panel of single nucleotide polymorphisms is provided. The method provides for using a thousand or less of such SNPs and includes using a panel of 250 or fewer SNPs. The method if useful with various cattle breeds including crossbred cattle. Provided are SNPs that are useful as markers with various traits associated with feed efficiency in cattle. Kits and methods of use are provided.
Related applications: WO2018CA51326, EP20180868315