A note on mate allocation for dominance handling in genomic selection

Genet Sel Evol. 2010 Aug 11;42(1):33. doi: 10.1186/1297-9686-42-33.


Estimation of non-additive genetic effects in animal breeding is important because it increases the accuracy of breeding value prediction and the value of mate allocation procedures. With the advent of genomic selection these ideas should be revisited. The objective of this study was to quantify the efficiency of including dominance effects and practising mating allocation under a whole-genome evaluation scenario. Four strategies of selection, carried out during five generations, were compared by simulation techniques. In the first scenario (MS), individuals were selected based on their own phenotypic information. In the second (GSA), they were selected based on the prediction generated by the Bayes A method of whole-genome evaluation under an additive model. In the third (GSD), the model was expanded to include dominance effects. These three scenarios used random mating to construct future generations, whereas in the fourth one (GSD + MA), matings were optimized by simulated annealing. The advantage of GSD over GSA ranges from 9 to 14% of the expected response and, in addition, using mate allocation (GSD + MA) provides an additional response ranging from 6% to 22%. However, mate selection can improve the expected genetic response over random mating only in the first generation of selection. Furthermore, the efficiency of genomic selection is eroded after a few generations of selection, thus, a continued collection of phenotypic data and re-evaluation will be required.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Genome / genetics*
  • Genotype
  • Linkage Disequilibrium / genetics
  • Mating Preference, Animal*
  • Phylogeny
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide / genetics
  • Quantitative Trait Loci / genetics
  • Selection, Genetic*
  • Social Dominance*