Pig Genetics

AGBU has a strong tradition in research and development of pig genetics. The genetic foundation of reproduction, production, carcase and meat quality traits has been researched, as has the detection of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL), the use of gene markers, genotype by environment (ie. nutrition, feeding levels, countries) interactions, feeding behaviour of group housed pigs and analysis of crossbreeding data. Visiting scientists from across the world have participated in some of this research.

We are responsible for the development and support of the genetic evaluation system PIGBLUP, a program that is used worldwide, and provide confidential consultancy services to the majority of Australian pig breeding companies.

Our scientists engaged in pig research


Susanne Hermesch

Susanne works on genetic improvement of pork production, in particular on developing selection strategies for robustness and disease resilience.

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