Journal article

Genetic correlations and their dependence on environmental similarity-Insights from livestock data

Mads F Schou, Ary A Hoffmann, Torsten N Kristensen

EVOLUTION | WILEY | Published : 2019


Genetic correlations for a trait across environments are predicted to decrease as environments diverge. However, estimates of genetic correlations from natural populations are typically defined across a limited environmental range and prone to very large standard errors, making it difficult to test this prediction. We address the importance of environmental distance on genetic correlations by employing data from domestic cattle in which abundant and accurate estimates are available from a wide range of environments. Three production traits related to milk yield show a clear decrease in genetic correlations with increasing environmental divergence. This pattern was also evident for growth tra..

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