One hundred years of statistical developments in animal breeding

Annu Rev Anim Biosci. 2015;3:19-56. doi: 10.1146/annurev-animal-022114-110733. Epub 2014 Nov 3.


Statistical methodology has played a key role in scientific animal breeding. Approximately one hundred years of statistical developments in animal breeding are reviewed. Some of the scientific foundations of the field are discussed, and many milestones are examined from historical and critical perspectives. The review concludes with a discussion of some future challenges and opportunities arising from the massive amount of data generated by livestock, plant, and human genome projects.

Keywords: animal breeding; complex traits; quantitative genetics; selective breeding; statistical methodology.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Breeding*
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Livestock / genetics*
  • Models, Statistical
  • Selection, Genetic