Multibreed analysis by splitting the breeding values

Genet Sel Evol. Nov-Dec 2006;38(6):601-15. doi: 10.1186/1297-9686-38-6-601. Epub 2006 Nov 28.


An equivalent model for multibreed variance covariance estimation is presented. It considers the additive case including or not the segregation variances. The model is based on splitting the additive genetic values in several independent parts depending on their genetic origin. For each part, it expresses the covariance between relatives as a partial numerator relationship matrix times the corresponding variance component. Estimation of fixed effects, random effects or variance components provided by the model are as simple as any model including several random factors. We present a small example describing the mixed model equations for genetic evaluations and two simulated examples to illustrate the Bayesian variance component estimation.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bayes Theorem
  • Breeding*
  • Models, Genetic*