Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals (Google eBook)

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Temple Grandin, Mark J. Deesing
Academic Press, Apr 22, 2013 - Medical - 496 pages
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Behavior is shaped by both genetics and experience--nature and nurture. This book synthesizes research from behavioral genetics and animal and veterinary science, bridging the gap between these fields. The objective is to show that principles of behavioral genetics have practical applications to agricultural and companion animals.

The continuing domestication of animals is a complex process whose myriad impacts on animal behavior are commonly under-appreciated. Genetic factors play a significant role in both species-specific behaviors and behavioral differences exhibited by individuals in the same species. Leading authorities explore the impact of increased intensities of selection on domestic animal behavior. Rodents, cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, herding and guard dogs, and poultry are all included in these discussions of genetics and behavior, making this book useful to veterinarians, livestock producers, laboratory animal researchers and technicians, animal trainers and breeders, and any researcher interested in animal behavior.

  • Includes four new chapters on dog and fox behavior, pig behavior, the effects of domestication and horse behavior
  • Synthesizes research from behavioral genetics, animal science, and veterinary literature
  • Broaches fields of behavior genetics and behavioral research
  • Includes practical applications of principles discovered by behavioral genetics researchers
  • Covers many species ranging from pigs, dogs, foxes, rodents, cattle, horses, and cats

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2 Behavioral Genetics and Animal Domestication
3 How Studying Interactions Between Animal Emotions Cognition and Personality Can Contribute to Improve Farm Animal Welfare
4 Genetics and Behavior During Handling Restraint and Herding
5 Reproductive and Maternal Behavior of Livestock
6 Differences in the Behavior of Landraces and Breeds of Dogs
7 Behavior Genetics of the Horse Equus caballus
8 Improving the Adaptability of Animals by Selection
9 Genetic Influences on the Behavior of Chickens Associated with Welfare and Productivity
10 Genetics of Domesticated Behavior in Dogs and Foxes
11 Behavioral Genetics in Pigs and Relations to Welfare
12 Genetics and Animal Welfare

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TEMPLE GRANDIN is one of the world's most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She is a professor at Colorado State University and the author of several best-selling books, which have sold more than a million copies. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.

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