Paul Stothard

Contact via University of Alberta

Key Research Areas
Associated Researchers
Associated Organizations

Recent Research Projects

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...

An integrative genomics approach to uncover genetic mechanisms underlying susceptibility to important infectious diseases in pigs

2016/17-2019/20 • $164,000 • PI
In animal production systems infectious diseases are of great concern due to their effects on animal health and welfare, animal productivity, and in some cases human health. Variation in the ability of individuals to overcome infection has long been observed, and this variation has a genetic...

Removing spotting from white pig lines using genomics

2018/19 • $25,000 • PI
Black spotting in purebred white pigs is a recurring issue for the Canadian pig breeders. This causes issues in*relation to confidence of customers in the pedigree of the animals which are expected to be white due to the*presence of the dominant white locus in Yorkshire and Landrace pigs. This...

Identification of microbial species and genes associated with the bovine rumen and understanding their relationship to host feed efficiency

2010/11-2015/16 • $112,000 • PI
We hypothesize that variation in feed efficiency (the ability of an individual to extract energy from its food) among cattle is mediated in part by differences in the composition of the rumen microbial community, because of the role of rumen bacteria in fiber digestion, the observation that...

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...

Next generation tools for genetic improvement of dairy cattle

2010/11-2013/14 • $424,666 • PI,CO
The advent of the BovineSNP50 BeadChip (with approximately 55,000 Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, SNP), has enabled both genome wide selection and genome wide association analysis for traits routinely recorded in the dairy industry. The former offers the possibility of increasing rates of...