Special Issue "Research Progress in Pig Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 2715
Interests: pig; venison and game; pigs rearing technologies; pig breeding and nutrition; reproduction; pig performance; welfare; meat quality; muscle structure; preservation of genetic resources
Since pigs were domesticated, humans have made lots of efforts in their selection breeding, genetic improvement and better management, mostly to improve production traits such as the growth rate, feed conversion, backfat thickness, proportion of lean meat and number of piglets born. However, there are still a lot of characteristics that need to be improved including piglets’ survivability, resistance to diseases and the longevity of sows. Genetic improvement is attainable by maintaining genetic variation, the use of innovative breeding methods and the maintenance of rare and specialist breeds. Recently, the major focus of pig farming and breeding has been to produce pork of the quality desired by consumers. Moreover, it has become essential to turn attention to new selection goals such as environmental sustainability, animal welfare, and further improving the quality of production and meat quality. Modern pig breeding is evolving as a technology-based industry, making use of advancements in computing, biotechnology and molecular biology. Genetics and genomics have become strategic tools to increase and deepen our knowledge of pigs’ biology.That is why we are pleased to invite you to this Special Issue, established to publish high-quality research papers, review articles, and communications on topics including, but not limited to, the following: reproductive health, ovulation rate, uterine capacity, fertilization, prenatal survival and piglet preweaning survival, litter size, birthweight, variation in birthweight, the maternal behavior and milk production. Important topics may also include sow and boar longevity, libido, semen and sperm quantity and quality. Papers in the areas of pig breeding (crossbreeding, nutrition, welfare), population genetics, and application of classic and molecular methods in improvement of production traits, health, reproduction and meat quality are also welcome.
Dr. Anna Kasprzyk
Dr. Elżbieta Krzęcio Nieczyporuk
Manuscript Submission Information
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- pig breeding
- pig reproduction
- semen quality
- reproductive biotechnologies
- pig production and genetics
- rearing system
- pig nutrition
- meat quality