A genome-wide association study to detect QTL for commercially important traits in Swiss Large White boars.

TitleA genome-wide association study to detect QTL for commercially important traits in Swiss Large White boars.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBecker D, Wimmers K, Luther H, Hofer A, Leeb T
JournalPloS one
Volume8
Issue2
Paginatione55951
Date Published2013
Abstract

The improvement of meat quality and production traits has high priority in the pork industry. Many of these traits show a low to moderate heritability and are difficult and expensive to measure. Their improvement by targeted breeding programs is challenging and requires knowledge of the genetic and molecular background. For this study we genotyped 192 artificial insemination boars of a commercial line derived from the Swiss Large White breed using the PorcineSNP60 BeadChip with 62,163 evenly spaced SNPs across the pig genome. We obtained 26 estimated breeding values (EBVs) for various traits including exterior, meat quality, reproduction, and production. The subsequent genome-wide association analysis allowed us to identify four QTL with suggestive significance for three of these traits (p-values ranging from 4.99×10⁻⁶ to 2.73×10⁻⁵). Single QTL for the EBVs pH one hour post mortem (pH1) and carcass length were on pig chromosome (SSC) 14 and SSC 2, respectively. Two QTL for the EBV rear view hind legs were on SSC 10 and SSC 16.

DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0055951
Alternate JournalPLoS ONE