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Investigations on genetic disease resistance in swine - a contribution to the reduction of pain, suffering and damage in farm animals.

By G. Reiner

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This review deals with genetic disease resistance in pigs as a prospective opportunity to reduce pain, suffering and damage in swine production. Even under favourable terms of housing and management, infectious diseases are wide-spread, and have to be ranked among the major sources for suffering in international pig production. There is abundant variability in resistance/susceptibility of pig populations and breeds to a number of pathogens, including several viruses, bacteria, and parasites, even at similar performance levels. Practical applications of disease resistance in farm animals and established knowledge on disease resistance in swine are presented. The difficulty lies in the identification of carriers of favourable gene variants. With tools and technologies developed in the context of genome projects, new opportunities to dissect the genetic control of host response to infection are presented with QTL analysis of Sarcocystis miescheriana resistance given as an exemplary parasite model: this model demonstrates the existence of outstanding gene loci and their role for polygenic trait variability. It further provides evidence for common mechanisms involved in resistance to different pathogens. Although a long way from the model to markers for disease resistance, pain, suffering, and damage might be reduced by the applications of genetic disease resistance in pig production in the future.

Date 2009
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 118
Issue 3/4
Pages 217-221
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2009.02.011
Author Address Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Justus-Liebig-University, Frankfurter Strasse 112, 35392 Giessen,
Additional Language English
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  1. Analysis
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal diseases
  4. Animal genetics
  5. Animal housing
  6. Animal husbandry
  7. Animal production
  8. Bacteria
  9. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  10. Communicable disease
  11. Control
  12. Diseases
  13. Genetic defects
  14. Genetic disorders
  15. Genetics
  16. Genomes
  17. Hereditary defects
  18. Infectious diseases
  19. Invertebrates
  20. Livestock
  21. Livestock farming
  22. Mammals
  23. Markers
  24. Meat animals
  25. Pain
  26. Parasites
  27. pathogens
  28. peer-reviewed
  29. Pesticides and Drugs
  30. pig farming
  31. Pigs
  32. projects
  33. prokaryotes
  34. Protozoa
  35. Research
  36. Resistance and Immunity
  37. Reviews
  38. susceptibility
  39. Swine
  40. Virus diseases
  1. peer-reviewed