Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens


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PhD and Postdoc course: Genetics, Epigenetics and Neurobiology of Damaging Behaviour

An opportunity for PhD students and Postdocs to learn about genetic and epigenetic effects on damaging behavior, to discuss the latest science and make new European connections.

Where and When

Bratislava, Slovakia, November 12-14, 2018.

Address: Mercure Bratislava Centrum Hotel, Zabotova street 2, 811 04 Bratislava, Slovakia

Application form: available here!


Mon 12th Nov: 'Genetic Background and Neurobiology'

Introduction to genetics of damaging social behaviour in laying hens and pigs

The neurobiology of affiliation and social bonding

Relationship between stress and neurogenesis and other brain processes in birds

Tues 13th Nov: 'Recording, Genomics and Epigenetics'

Tracking social interactions: which measurements for which phenotypes?

The use of 'omics data': biomarkers

Epigenetics of social behaviour

Evening: Social evening

Wed 8th Nov: 'The way forward: reducing damaging behaviour by selective breeding?'

Experimental design: responses from a divergent selection for social reinstatement in Japanese quails, relations with production traits

A breeding company perspective: Genetic strategies to reduce damaging behaviour, account for GXE and ethical and societal concerns

Ethical considerations and selective breeding

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  • Larry J Young
  • Tom Smulders
  • Alistair Lawrence
  • Laurianne Canario
  • Bas Rodenburg
  • Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna
  • Eduard Murani
  • Laurence Liaubet
  • Christine Leterrier
  • Loïc Flatres-Grall
  • Bram Visser