Genetic Selection for Thermotolerance in Ruminants
Richard Osei-Amponsah, Surinder S Chauhan, Brian J Leury, Long Cheng, Brendan Cullen, Iain J Clarke, Frank R Dunshea
Animals | MDPI AG | Published : 2019
Variations in climatic variables (temperature, humidity and solar radiation) negatively impact livestock growth, reproduction, and production. Heat stress, for instance, is a source of huge financial loss to livestock production globally. There have been significant advances in physical modifications of animal environment and nutritional interventions as tools of heat stress mitigation. Unfortunately, these are short-term solutions and may be unsustainable, costly, and not applicable to all production systems. Accordingly, there is a need for innovative, practical, and sustainable approaches to overcome the challenges posed by global warming and climate change-induced heat stress. This revie..View full abstract
This review is one of the outputs of a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship undertaken by R.O.-A at the Dookie College of the University of Melbourne awarded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Government of Australia under the Australia Awards Africa Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme.