Disease Resistence Genetics in Farm Livestock: swine, cattle, sheep, poultry

Breeding for Disease Resistance
in Farm Animals

Editors: Profs. R F E Axford, S C Bishop, F W Nicholas & J B Owen

University of Wales; Roslin Institute, Edinburgh; University of Sydney, Australia


Hardback 424 pages

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Part I Principles and Methods:
  • DNA Markers, Genetic Maps and the Identification of QTL: General Principles
    A M Crawford, K G Dodds & J C McEwan
  • Modelling Farm Animal Diseases
    S C Bishop and G Gettinby
  • The Immune System
    M J Doenhoff
  • The Major Histocompatibility Complex and its Role in Disease Resistance and Immune Responsiveness,
    M F Rothschild, L Skow and S J Lamont
  • Rodent Models of Genetic Resistance to Parasitic Infections
    D Wakelin

  • Part II Parasites and Vectors:
  • Genetics of Helminths Resistance
    L C Gasbarre and J E Miller
  • Host Resistance to Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases: Its Role in Integrated Control
    B Minjauw and J J de Castro
  • Genetic Aspects of Resistance to Ovine Cutaneous Myiasis
    H W Raadsma
  • Exploitation of Resistance to Trypanosomes and Trypanosomosis
    G D M d’Ieteren, E Authié, N Wissocq and M Murray

  • Part III Bacteria:
  • Genetic Aspects of Resistance to Ovine Footrot
    H W Raadsma
  • Mastitis in Dairy Cattle
    J B Owen, R F E Axford and S C Bishop
  • Escherichia coli and Salmonella Diarrhoea in Pigs
    I Edfors-Lilja and P Wallgren

  • Part IV Viruses & Subviruses:
  • Viral Diseases: African swine fever, Foot-and-mouth disease, Marek's disease
    K A Schat and C J Davies
  • Diseases Caused by Maedi-Visna and Other Ovine Lentiviruses
    J C DeMartin, A de la Concha-Bermejillo, J O Carlson and R A Bowen
  • Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies
    N Hunter
  • Part V Production Diseases:
  • Genetics of Susceptibility in Cattle & Sheep
    C A Morris
  • Breeding for Disease Resistance to Production Diseases in Poultry
    B H Thorp and E Luiting
  • Genetic Aspects of Health & Disease Resistance in Pigs & Swine
    B N Wilke and B A Mallard
  • Lameness
    O Distl
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    Geneticists, animal health advisors, epidemiologists, parasitologists, students and researchers in animal breeding, genetics, or veterinary medicine

    The first edition of this book, published in 1991, was based on a conference. However, this second edition consists of specially commissioned chapters to provide a more comprehensive and balanced review of the subject. Two additional editors, Stephen Bishop from the world-famous Roslin Institute, and Frank Nicholas, author of a widely respected textbook on veterinary genetics, have been brought in, as have several new contributors.

    Breeding for disease resistance (rather than controlling diseases with expensive chemicals) continues to be topical. With a growing interest in sustainable livestock farming, this book will attract wide interest. There is full coverage of important areas of development, by leading international experts. Recent advances in the genetics of resistance to Spongiform encephalopathies (BSE, Scrapie) are included. Breeding sheep resistent to scrapie is now well advanced.

    Animal breeders and veterinarians have become increasingly interested in breeding strategies aimed at improving disease resistance in farm animals, as this lessens farmers' dependence on the use of drugs at a time when there is concern about their high usage in animals to be used for food products. There has also been concern at the level of drug resistance now shown by many disease organisms, and the cost of veterinary drugs in developing countries. This book consists of 27 chapters by leading international research workers from the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and Australasia reviewing our current knowledge in this area. Includes key advances such as breeding:

    The book is rich in technical jargon. Absence of a glossary is a serious omission when bringing together such diverse highly technical subjects.

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