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  1. Goats were domesticated 10,500 years ago to supply humans with useful resources. Since then, specialized breeds that are adapted to their local environment have been developed and display specific genetic prof...

    Authors: Estelle Talouarn, Philippe Bardou, Isabelle Palhière, Claire Oget, Virginie Clément, Gwenola Tosser-Klopp, Rachel Rupp and Christèle Robert-Granié
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:19
  2. Ethiopia has been considered as a center of diversity and the second possible center of domestication of durum wheat. Genetic diversity and population structure analysis in the existing Ethiopian durum wheat g...

    Authors: Admas Alemu, Tileye Feyissa, Tesfaye Letta and Bekele Abeyo
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:18
  3. Genomic evaluation, based on the use of thousands of genetic markers in addition to pedigree and phenotype information, has become the standard evaluation methodology in dairy cattle breeding programmes over t...

    Authors: David Picard Druet, Amandine Varenne, Florian Herry, Frédéric Hérault, Sophie Allais, Thierry Burlot and Pascale Le Roy
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:17
  4. Consecutive homozygous fragments of a genome inherited by offspring from a common ancestor are known as runs of homozygosity (ROH). ROH can be used to calculate genomic inbreeding and to identify genomic regio...

    Authors: Seyed Mohammad Ghoreishifar, Hossein Moradi-Shahrbabak, Mohammad Hossein Fallahi, Ali Jalil Sarghale, Mohammad Moradi-Shahrbabak, Rostam Abdollahi-Arpanahi and Majid Khansefid
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:16

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Genetics 2020 21:42

  5. Effective matching of genotypes and environments is required for the species to reach optimal productivity and act effectively for carbon sequestration. A common garden experiment across five different environ...

    Authors: Jaroslav Klápště, Dean Meason, Heidi S. Dungey, Emily J. Telfer, Paul Silcock and Simon Rapley
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:15
  6. Red deer with very pale coat colour are observed sporadically. In the red deer (Cervus elaphus) population of Reinhardswald in Germany, about 5% of animals have a white coat colour that is not associated with alb...

    Authors: Gerald Reiner, Kirsten Tramberend, Florian Nietfeld, Klaus Volmer, Christine Wurmser, Ruedi Fries and Hermann Willems
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:14
  7. Quantitative traits are typically considered to be under additive genetic control. Although there are indications that non-additive factors have the potential to contribute to trait variation, experimental dem...

    Authors: Francois Besnier, Monica F. Solberg, Alison C. Harvey, Gary R. Carvalho, Dorte Bekkevold, Martin I. Taylor, Simon Creer, Einar E. Nielsen, Øystein Skaala, Fernando Ayllon, Geir Dahle and Kevin A. Glover
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:13
  8. Modern breeding in the poultry industry mainly aims to produce high-performance poultry lines and breeds in two main directions of productivity, meat and eggs. To understand more about the productive potential...

    Authors: Jing-Jing Li, Long Zhang, Peng Ren, Ye Wang, Ling-Qian Yin, Jin-Shan Ran, Xian-Xian Zhang and Yi-Ping Liu
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:12
  9. Executive function (EF) is vital to human beings. It has been linked to many genes and family environmental factors in separate studies, but few studies have examined the potential interactions between gene(s)...

    Authors: Chunhui Chen, Chuansheng Chen, Gui Xue, Qi Dong, Libo Zhao and Shudong Zhang
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:11
  10. Limited genetic resource in the cultivated rice may hinder further yield improvement. Some valuable genes that contribute to rice yield may be lost or lacked in the cultivated rice. Identification of the quant...

    Authors: Xiaoqiong Li, Yu Wei, Jun Li, Fangwen Yang, Ying Chen, Yinhua Chen, Sibin Guo and Aihua Sha
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:10
  11. There are large individual differences in physical activity (PA) behavior as well as trainability of physical capacity. Heritability studies have shown that genes may have as much impact on exercise participat...

    Authors: Sannija Goleva-Fjellet, Anne Mari Bjurholt, Elin H. Kure, Inger Kristin Larsen, Øyvind Støren and Mona Sæbø
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:8
  12. Anaerobic germination is one of the most important traits for rice under direct-seeded conditions. The trait reduces risk of crop failure due to waterlogged conditions after seeding and allows water to be used...

    Authors: Sharmistha Ghosal, Fergie Ann Quilloy, Carlos Casal Jr, Endang M. Septiningsih, Merlyn S. Mendioro and Shalabh Dixit
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:6
  13. To satisfy an increasing demand for dietary protein, the poultry industry has employed genetic selection to increase the growth rate of broilers by over 400% in the past 50 years. Although modern broilers reac...

    Authors: Angela Zou, Kerry Nadeau, Pauline W. Wang, Jee Yeon Lee, David S. Guttman, Shayan Sharif, Doug R. Korver, John H. Brumell and John Parkinson
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:5
  14. Wet direct-seeded rice is a possible alternative to conventional puddled transplanted rice; the former uses less water and reduces labor requirements. Improving seed reserve utilization efficiency (SRUE) is a ...

    Authors: Nour Ali, Dalu Li, Moaz S. Eltahawy, Dina Abdulmajid, Lal Bux, Erbao Liu, Xiaojing Dang and Delin Hong
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:4
  15. DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification that mainly repress expression of genes essential during embryogenesis and development. There are key ATPase-dependent enzymes that read or write DNA methylation t...

    Authors: S. Massah, J. Jubene, F. J. S. Lee, T. V. Beischlag and G. G. Prefontaine
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:3
  16. Black cottonwood (Populus deltoides) is one of the keystone forest tree species, and has become the main breeding parents in poplar hybrid breeding. However, the genetic diversity and population structure of the ...

    Authors: Cun Chen, Yanguang Chu, Changjun Ding, Xiaohua Su and Qinjun Huang
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:2
  17. C-C motif Chemokine Ligand 3 Like 1 (CCL3L1) is a multiallelic copy number variable, which plays a crucial role in immunoregulatory and hosts defense through the production of macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP...

    Authors: Jalilah Jamaluddin, Nur Khairina Mohd Khair, Shameni Devi Vinodamaney, Zulkefley Othman and Suhaili Abubakar
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:1
  18. Cage-rearing in laying ducks, as a novel rearing system, not only fundamentally solves the pollution problem of the duck industry and improve bio-safety and product quality but also exhibits more benefits by i...

    Authors: Yang Zhang, Tiantian Gu, Yong Tian, Li Chen, Guoqin Li, Wei Zhou, Guofa Liu, Xinsheng Wu, Tao Zeng, Qi Xu, Guohong Chen and Lizhi Lu
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:103
  19. Wheat mutant resources with phenotypic variation have been developed in recent years. These mutants might carry favorable mutation alleles, which have the potential to be utilized in the breeding process. Plan...

    Authors: Huijun Guo, Hongchun Xiong, Yongdun Xie, Linshu Zhao, Jiayu Gu, Shirong Zhao, Yuping Ding and Luxiang Liu
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:102
  20. Peach (Prunus persica L.) is a diploid species and model plant of the Rosaceae family. In the past decade, significant progress has been made in peach genetic research via DNA markers, but the number of these mar...

    Authors: Liping Guan, Ke Cao, Yong Li, Jian Guo, Qiang Xu and Lirong Wang
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:101
  21. Connectivity among jaguar (Panthera onca) populations will ensure natural gene flow and the long-term survival of the species throughout its range. Jaguar conservation efforts have focused primarily on connecting...

    Authors: Angelica Menchaca, Natalia A. Rossi, Jeremy Froidevaux, Isabela Dias-Freedman, Anthony Caragiulo, Claudia Wultsch, Bart Harmsen, Rebecca Foster, J. Antonio de la Torre, Rodrigo A. Medellin, Salisa Rabinowitz and George Amato
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:100
  22. Corin is an important convertase involved in the natriuretic peptide system and may indirectly regulate blood pressure. Genetic factors relate to corin remain unclear. The purpose of the current study was to c...

    Authors: Huan Zhang, Xingbo Mo, Qiyu Qian, Zhengyuan Zhou, Zhengbao Zhu, Xinfeng HuangFu, Tan Xu, Aili Wang, Zhirong Guo, Shufeng Lei and Yonghong Zhang
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:99
  23. Grain weight is an important yield component. Selection of advanced lines with heavy grains show high grain sink potentials and strong sink activity, which is an increasingly important objective in wheat breed...

    Authors: Jian Yang, Yanjie Zhou, Yu’e Zhang, Weiguo Hu, Qiuhong Wu, Yongxing Chen, Xicheng Wang, Guanghao Guo, Zhiyong Liu, Tingjie Cao and Hong Zhao
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:98
  24. As obesity is becoming pandemic, morbid obesity (MO), an extreme type of obesity, is an emerging issue worldwide. It is imperative to understand the factors responsible for huge weight gain in certain populati...

    Authors: Kuang-Mao Chiang, Heng-Cheng Chang, Hsin-Chou Yang, Chien-Hsiun Chen, Hsin-Hung Chen, Wei-Jei Lee and Wen-Harn Pan
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:97
  25. Variants of the Ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1) cause high losses of Pacific oysters globally, including in Tomales Bay, California, USA. A suite of new variants, the OsHV-1 microvariants (μvars), cause very high ...

    Authors: Konstantin Divilov, Blaine Schoolfield, Benjamin Morga, Lionel Dégremont, Colleen A. Burge, Daniel Mancilla Cortez, Carolyn S. Friedman, Gary B. Fleener, Brett R. Dumbauld and Chris Langdon
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:96
  26. Fish immunity is not only affected by the innate immune pathways but is also triggered by stress. Transport and loading stress can induce oxidative stress and further activate the immune inflammatory response,...

    Authors: Fukuan Du, Yan Li, Jing Shen, Yueshui Zhao, Parham Jabbarzadeh Kaboli, Shixin Xiang, Xu Wu, Mingxing Li, Jiangyao Zhou, Yuan Zheng, Tao Yi, Xiang Li, Jing Li, Zhangang Xiao and Qinglian Wen
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:95
  27. Tea-oil tree (Camellia oleifera) is a unique edible-oil tree in China, and anthracnose occurs in wherever it is cultivated, causing great economic losses each year. We have previously identified the Ascomycete fu...

    Authors: Shengpei Zhang, Yuan Guo, Sizheng Li, Guoying Zhou, Junang Liu, Jianping Xu and He Li
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:94
  28. Grasslands in the Arctic tundra undergo irreversible degradation due to climatic changes and also over-exploitation and depletion of scarce resources. Comprehensive investigations of cytogenomic structures of ...

    Authors: Alexandra V. Amosova, Svyatoslav A. Zoshchuk, Alexander V. Rodionov, Lilit Ghukasyan, Tatiana E. Samatadze, Elizaveta O. Punina, Igor G. Loskutov, Olga Yu. Yurkevich and Olga V. Muravenko
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:92
  29. The plant-specific Teosinte branched1/Cycloidea/Proliferating cell factor (TCP) family of transcription factors is involved in the regulation of cell growth and proliferation, performing diverse functions in p...

    Authors: Sarina Bao, Zhenxin Zhang, Qun Lian, Qinghua Sun and Ruofang Zhang
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:91
  30. WRKY DNA-binding protein (WRKY) is a large gene family involved in plant responses and adaptation to salt, drought, cold and heat stresses. Sweet potato from the genus Ipomoea is a staple food crop, but the WRKY ...

    Authors: Yuxia Li, Lei Zhang, Panpan Zhu, Qinghe Cao, Jian Sun, Zongyun Li and Tao Xu
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:90
  31. Drip loss is a key aspect of meat quality. Transcriptome profiles of muscle with divergent drip loss would offer important insight into the genetic factors responsible for the trait. In this study, drip loss a...

    Authors: Xueyan Zhao, Cheng Wang, Yanping Wang, Haichao Lin, Huaizhong Wang, Hongmei Hu and Jiying Wang
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:89
  32. In recent decades, the frequency of flooding is increasing with the change of global climate. Flooding has become one of the major abiotic stresses that seriously affect growth and development of plants. Triarrhe...

    Authors: Jia Wang, Han Sun, Jiajin Sheng, Surong Jin, Fasong Zhou, Zhongli Hu and Ying Diao
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:88
  33. Distant hybridization can generate changes in phenotypes and genotypes that lead to the formation of new hybrid lineages with genetic variation. In this study, the establishment of two bisexual fertile carp li...

    Authors: Kaikun Luo, Shi Wang, Yeqing Fu, Pei Zhou, Xuexue Huang, Qianhong Gu, Wuhui Li, Yude Wang, Fangzhou Hu and Shaojun Liu
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:87
  34. The freshwater species on Taiwan Island have been documented to have originated from mainland China and the Japanese islands from multiple events and by multiple colonization routes. Moreover, the sequences fr...

    Authors: Chiao-Chuan Han, Kui-Ching Hsu, Lee-Shing Fang, I-Ming Cheng and Hung-Du Lin
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:86
  35. Over the relatively short history of Genome Wide Association Studies (GWASs), hundreds of GWASs have been published and thousands of disease risk-associated SNPs have been identified. Summary statistics from t...

    Authors: Ivan Gorlov, Xiangjun Xiao, Maureen Mayes, Olga Gorlova and Christopher Amos
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:85
  36. Climate change is expected to have a negative impact on food availability. While most efforts have been directed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, complementary strategies are necessary to control the detr...

    Authors: Enrique Sánchez-Molano, Vanessa V. Kapsona, Joanna J. Ilska, Suzanne Desire, Joanne Conington, Sebastian Mucha and Georgios Banos
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:84
  37. Feed efficiency and growth rate have been targets for selection to improve chicken production. The incorporation of genomic tools may help to accelerate selection. We genotyped 529 individuals using a high-den...

    Authors: Gabriel Costa Monteiro Moreira, Mirele Daiana Poleti, Fábio Pértille, Clarissa Boschiero, Aline Silva Mello Cesar, Thaís Fernanda Godoy, Mônica Corrêa Ledur, James M. Reecy, Dorian J. Garrick and Luiz Lehmann Coutinho
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:83
  38. Genomic selection has the potential to increase genetic gains by using molecular markers as predictors of breeding values of individuals. This study evaluated the accuracy of predictions for grain yield, headi...

    Authors: Dennis N. Lozada, R. Esten Mason, Jose Martin Sarinelli and Gina Brown-Guedira
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:82
  39. Forest trees can occupy extensive geography and environmentally highly variable areas which result in high genetic variability in the direction of pressure from natural selection. At the same time, the majorit...

    Authors: Jaroslav Klápště, Mari Suontama, Heidi S Dungey, Emily J Telfer and Grahame T Stovold
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:81
  40. Bleeker’s yellow tail (Xenocypris davidi Bleeker, YT) and topmouth culter (Culter alburnus Basilewsky, TC) are both famous and important economic freshwater fish in China. YT, a kind of omnivorous fish, has stron...

    Authors: Shengnan Li, Lihua Xie, Jun Xiao, Liujiao Yuan, Tian Zhou, Kaikun Luo, Chun Zhang, Rurong Zhao, Min Tao and Shaojun Liu
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:80
  41. Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is one of the most important crops of the world and a major staple food for half of the World’s human population. The Northeastern (NE) region of India lies in the Indo-Burma biodiversity h...

    Authors: Vanlalsanga, S. Priyokumar Singh and Y. Tunginba Singh
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:79
  42. Genetic improvement of honey bees is more difficult compared to other livestock, due to the very different reproductive behavior. Estimation of breeding values requires specific adjustment and the use of sires...

    Authors: Sreten Andonov, Cecilia Costa, Aleksandar Uzunov, Patrizia Bergomi, Daniela Lourenco and Ignacy Misztal
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:78
  43. Kernel length (KL), kernel width (KW) and thousand-kernel weight (TKW) are key agronomic traits in wheat breeding. Chuannong16 (‘CN16’) is a commercial cultivar with significantly longer kernels than the line ...

    Authors: Jian Ma, Han Zhang, Shuiqin Li, Yaya Zou, Ting Li, Jiajun Liu, Puyang Ding, Yang Mu, Huaping Tang, Mei Deng, Yaxi Liu, Qiantao Jiang, Guoyue Chen, Houyang Kang, Wei Li, Zhien Pu…
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:77
  44. Following publication of the original article [1], we have been notified that some important information was omitted by the authors in the Copyright note. The Copyright note should read as below.

    Authors: Xinkun Hu, Hélène Rocheleau, Curt McCartney, Chiara Biselli, Paolo Bagnaresi, Margaret Balcerzak, George Fedak, Zehong Yan, Giampiero Valè, Shahrokh Khanizadeh and Thérèse Ouellet
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:76

    The original article was published in BMC Genetics 2019 20:47

  45. The Chinese grass shrimp, Palaemonetes sinensis, is an economically important freshwater shrimp in China, and the study of genetic diversity and structure can positively contribute to the exploration of germplasm...

    Authors: Yingying Zhao, Xiaochen Zhu, Zhi Li, Weibin Xu, Jing Dong, Hua Wei, Yingdong Li and Xiaodong Li
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:75
  46. Rhodeus sinensis is a bitterling species occurring throughout the numerous freshwater systems on the East Asia. Here, we analyzed the diversity of the MHC class IIB (DAB) genes from this species, which may offer ...

    Authors: Hyung-Bae Jeon, Hari Won and Ho Young Suk
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:74
  47. Arabian horses are commonly believed to be one of the oldest and the most popular horse breeds in the world, characterized by favourable stamina traits and exercise phenotypes. During intensive training, the r...

    Authors: Katarzyna Ropka-Molik, Monika Stefaniuk-Szmukier, Tomasz Szmatoła, Katarzyna Piórkowska and Monika Bugno-Poniewierska
    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:73

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