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The Genetic Basis of Flocking Behavior in Sheep: Discoveries from Genome-Wide Association Studies  

Jia Xuan
Institute of Life Science, Jiyang College of Zhejiang A&F University, Zhuji, 311800, Zhejiang, China
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Animal Molecular Breeding, 2024, Vol. 14, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/amb.2024.14.0011
Received: 04 Jan., 2024    Accepted: 15 Feb., 2024    Published: 25 Feb., 2024
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Xuan J., 2024, The genetic basis of flocking behavior in sheep: discoveries from genome-wide association studies, Animal Molecular Breeding, 14(1): 86-94 (doi: 10.5376/amb.2024.14.0011)


This study reviews the genetic basis of flocking behavior in sheep, with a focus on the contributions of genome-wide association studies (GWAS). Through GWAS, this study successfully identified genetic markers and regions closely associated with flocking behavior. These findings not only deepen our understanding of the genetics of sheep behavior but also optimize breeding and management strategies. The study also discusses the types and characteristics of sheep group behaviors, as well as the impact of environmental factors and human interventions on these behaviors. The results are significant in biotechnology and agricultural production, providing a scientific basis for improving the social adaptability and production efficiency of sheep. Looking forward, the research will continue to explore the functional validation of genetic markers and the genetic regulatory mechanisms of behavior, strengthen interdisciplinary cooperation and technological innovation, and promote further development in sheep genetics and agricultural science.

Sheep flocking behavior; Genetic markers; Genome-wide association study (GWAS); Breeding strategies; Behavioral genetics
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