It has becoming increasingly accepted that genetic variation makes an important contribution to individual differences in the normal range of behaviour, including general ability traits (Plomin, 1999) and to population differences (Plusquellec and Bouissou, 2001). Important variability between populations, e.g. breeds, within species is commonly accepted and the recognition of a genetic background for these traits is implicit (Sandnabba, 1995, Schneider-Stock, 1995). Knowledge of the relative importance of the genetic component for the behaviour traits would allow for the development of strategies to genetically modulate its expression within a breeding population.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 14, , 14.19, 2002
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