Bayesian analysis of quantitative trait loci for boar taint in a Landrace outbred population

J Anim Sci. 2005 Feb;83(2):301-7. doi: 10.2527/2005.832301x.


The genetic basis of the main components of boar taint was investigated in intact male pigs in a commercial population. We analyzed fat androsten-one and skatole concentrations from 217 males of an outbred Landrace population. Records were normalized using a logarithm transformation and tested for normality using a Wilk-Shapiro test. Bayesian analysis was then used to map QTL in 10 candidate regions previously selected on chromosomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13. The criterion for QTL detection was the Bayes factor (BF) between polygenic models with and without QTL effects. Both traits had considerable genetic determination, with posterior means of total heritabilities ranging from 0.59 to 0.73 for androstenone and from 0.74 to 0.89 for skatole. Positive evidence for a fat skatole QTL was detected on SSC6 (BF = 5.16); however, no QTL for androstenone were found in any of the 10 chromosomal regions analyzed. With the detection of a QTL for the fat skatole concentration segregating in this population, marker-assisted selection or even gene-assisted selection could be used once the causal mutation of the QTL was identified.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / chemistry
  • Androstenes / analysis
  • Animals
  • Bayes Theorem
  • Chromosome Mapping / veterinary
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Male
  • Meat / standards*
  • Microsatellite Repeats
  • Models, Genetic
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Quantitative Trait Loci / genetics*
  • Skatole* / analysis
  • Swine / genetics*
  • Swine / physiology


  • Androstenes
  • Skatole