Wei RP, Lindgren D, Yeh FC
Expected gain and status number following restricted individual and combined-index selection
Genome: 1997 40:1-8
Imposition of restrictions on number of individuals selected from a family and number of families from which superior individuals are selected could markedly alter the consequences of individual and combined-index selection. Predicted genetic gain and diversity measured as status number following selection were studied to draw general conclusions. Selection and its prediction were applied to two sets of real-life data. Theoretical prediction gave results close to those from factual selection. Gain and status number varied with initial family number and size, sib type, heritability, selection proportion, restriction type and intensity, and selection criteria. Proper restriction on the number of individuals selected can control the reduction of status number to an acceptable level, particularly when breeding values are used as the selection criterion. Restriction on the number of families selected would effectively improve the gain efficiency of selection based on phenotypic values. Choosing combinations of both restrictions might produce higher gain without the loss of status number. Given constant population size, family number should be large enough to ensure that restricted selection will yield higher gain and status number.
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