Animal breeding and genetics

Diversity and adaptation in a changing world
At a time when the world is undergoing global change and a climate crisis, and when many societal questions are emerging about the role and place of animal breeding, this book provides an overview of the history, methods and dynamics of change that have taken place over the last decade to shape the future of animal breeding. The domestication of animals and their selection are based on a long history shared between humans, animals and territories. This history is nourished by the continuous accumulation of new knowledge and methodological approaches that make it possible to characterize genetic diversity and progress in the choice of breeding stock adapted to increasingly diversified production systems in line with the agro-ecological transition and global food security. Genetic improvement contributes to the shaping of living organisms, which raises ethical questions whose acuteness is reinforced and renewed by the new opportunities offered by the animal biotechnologies and genomic tools.