Future Trends

The utilization and elucidation of genes underlying genetic variation in resistance will continue to increase. Pressures due to many factors e.g., economics, legislation, decreasing effectiveness of current intervention strategies, food safety, and zoonotic concerns will force breeders to consider genetic solutions to a wider range of diseases. At the same time, through a combination of genome mapping and functional genomics, researchers will elucidate genes underlying differences in resistance.

These technologies, along with an understanding of the epidemiological impact of increasing resistance, should provide breeders with the required tools to increase genetic resistance to a variety of diseases.

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