QTL mapping for growth and carcass traits in an Iberian by Landrace pig intercross: additive, dominant and epistatic effects

Genet Res. 2002 Oct;80(2):145-54. doi: 10.1017/s0016672302005803.


Results from a QTL experiment on growth and carcass traits in an experimental F2 cross between Iberian and Landrace pigs are reported. Phenotypic data for growth, length of carcass and muscle mass, fat deposition and carcass composition traits from 321 individuals corresponding to 58 families were recorded. Animals were genotyped for 92 markers covering the 18 porcine autosomes (SSC). The results from the genomic scan show genomewide significant QTL in SSC2 (longissimus muscle area and backfat thickness), SSC4 (length of carcass, backfat thickness, loin, shoulder and belly bacon weights) and SSC6 (longissimus muscle area, backfat thickness, loin, shoulder and belly bacon weights). Suggestive QTL were also found on SSC1, SSC5, SSC7, SSC8, SSC9, SSC13, SCC14, SSC16 and SSC17. A bidimensional genomic scan every 10 cM was performed to detect interaction between QTL. The joint action of two suggestive QTL in SSC2 and SSC17 led to a genome-wide significant effect in live weight. The results of the bidimensional genomic scan showed that the genetic architecture was mainly additive or the experimental set-up did not have enough power to detect epistatic interactions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / metabolism
  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Chromosome Mapping / veterinary*
  • Epistasis, Genetic
  • Female
  • Genes, Dominant
  • Genetic Linkage
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genome
  • Genomic Imprinting
  • Genotype
  • Hybridization, Genetic*
  • Male
  • Meat / standards*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
  • Phenotype
  • Quantitative Trait Loci*
  • Swine / genetics*
  • Swine / growth & development


  • Genetic Markers