Equine Color Genetics

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Wiley, Apr 14, 2003 - Medical - 215 pages
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Equine Color Genetics 2e is a complete discussion of horse and donkey colors, including details of their genetic control and their identification. The book explains how to accurately identify horses and donkeys by using colors. It furthers an understanding of the genetic basis of color and contributes to research on specific behavioral characteristics associated with color. The author includes all known color variations of horses throughout the world. The book provides an explanation of genetic mechanisms that determine colors and discusses colors in sequence from less common to more common. Donkey color is addressed in a separate section.

This uncomplicated and useful approach to understanding horse and donkey color patterns, as well as the various subtleties that exist, includes more than 100 striking color photographs accompanied by descriptions of both common and unique coat patterns.

With new chapters concerning breeds and conservation and on the basic biology of gene selection, as well as new appendices detailing previously undocumented genes in horses and donkeys, this second edition of Equine Color Genetics will appeal to anyone who is a student of the horse. Breeders, veterinarians, faculty and veterinary students and equine science students will find this book a valuable addition to their libraries.

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User Review  - lindyfoster - LibraryThing

This is the bible of horse genetics. It explains in simple terms so the layman can get a general idea of how genetics work, then goes into the necessary detail to express the complicated nature of ... Read full review

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User Review  - JimKubiak - LibraryThing

The best book on color genetics in the horse. Sponenberg discusses not only the genes, but also color identifcation and the useage of color terms. The charts at the end of the book at invaluable! Read full review

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D. Phillip Sponenberg is professor of pathology and genetics at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, and has worked in the field of animal color genetics for nearly three decades. His work with rare breed conservation, largely through the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, has provided ample opportunity to pursue the variations and details of color in several uncommon but important breeds

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