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Group coancestry-controlled selection in a Pinus sylvestris L. breeding program

Abstract : Integer Linear Programming was used to maximize genetic gain from selection at a given level of relatedness. Variances and breeding values for total height were available for 296 plus-trees of Pinus sylvestris which had been evaluated by open-pollinated progeny testing at a single test site in northern Sweden. Second-generation breeding and selection scenarios for this breeding population were evaluated using simulated data derived deterministically from normal distributions of estimated breeding values of progeny around mid-parent family means. The study considered two mating designs, assortative and non-assortative single-pair mating, and two selection criteria, individual phenotype and performance of half-sib progeny. Relatedness (group coancestry) was restricted to a level equivalent to that given by within-family selection of 2 trees per family from each of 25 families (the current standard in Sweden). Selection that allows the bestperforming families to contribute a greater number of progeny was superior, both when the breeding population size was limited to 50 individuals and when it was allowed to be larger. The selected set giving the greatest average breeding value under restricted group coancestry included the best individual from families that would have been rejected under application of standard within-family selection. We made a comparison of the present value on retrieved gain between phenotypic selection and evaluation by progeny testing.
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E. Andersson, Leopoldo Sanchez, B. Andersson. Group coancestry-controlled selection in a Pinus sylvestris L. breeding program. TAG Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Springer Verlag, 1999, 99 (1-2), pp.73-80. ⟨10.1007/s001220051210⟩. ⟨hal-03177226⟩



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