Improving reproductive performance and fur quality traits in Nova Scotia mink industry using genomics

Genomics is a field of science exploring the structure and function of DNA sequences. Genomic tools have provided new opportunities to accurately select animals for the traits of interest in livestock production. This project will explore the genome regions in American mink using the information from a large number of DNA sequences. The main idea of this exercise is to develop the appropriate tools for genomic selection in American mink. In this project, a wide range of economically important traits including reproductive performance and fur quality traits will be measured in collaboration with Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association. The project will aim to create a big dataset of DNA information and phenotypic measurements to develop novel approaches in mink breeding. This research will implement the latest methods to improve the competitiveness of the Nova Scotia mink industry.

Faculty Supervisor:

Younes Miar


Karim Karimi


Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association


Animal science




Dalhousie University



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