Zhiquan Wang

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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...

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...

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...

Integrative understanding and evaluation residual feed intake in dairy cattle

2010/11-2013/14 • $39,040 • PI
Residual feed intake (RFI) is a liveweight and production corrected measurement of feed utilization. It has been recognized as a robust measurement of feed efficency in livestock. RFI is defined as the difference between the actual feed intake and that predicted on the basis of mean requirements...

Ozone free box for microarray based functional genomics studies

2010/11 • $22,227 • PI,CO
High throughput functional genomics and proteomics studies are the major focus of the research conducted in a multi-user Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics Unit (AGP Unit) in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science. Various researchers from The Alberta Ingenuity Centre for...