R. Bras. Zootec.01/Jul/2010;39(Sup..spe):236-46.

Genetics and breeding of sheep in Brazil

Concepta McManus, Samuel Rezende Paiva, Ronyere Olegário de Araújo

DOI: 10.1590/S1516-35982010001300026

Studies in genetics and breeding of sheep in Brazil have increased significantly in recent years. These involve research in characterization, breeding and crossing sheep using new technologies available incorporating both classical quantitative and molecular genetics. Improvements in statistical techniques, computational resources as well as analysis of DNA and gaps in present knowledge and opportunities for possible research are pointed out. There is a need for greater interaction between various groups working in the country as well as interactions with other disciplines such as Geographical Information Systems, Statistics, Bioinformatics, as well as biological studies such as physiology and proteomics.

Genetics and breeding of sheep in Brazil