Specific genome areas are influencing functional traits
PD Dr. Christa Kühn, Dr. Rosemarie Weikard
Understanding the causal chain from genotypic to phenotypic variation is a central aim of our livestock genome analyses focused on ruminants and horses. This is achieved by investigating structure and function of trait-associated genomic regions and physiological pathways encompassing all levels from DNA to metabolites applying high-throughput methods. Focus of our work is animal health, resource efficiency and product quality. Exploiting the obtained detailed knowledge about naturally occurring genetic modulation of physiological processes will provide improved methods for breeding and management.