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Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals. Edition No. 2

  • ID: 2485088
  • Book
  • October 2017
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

Behavior is shaped by both genetics and experience--nature and nurture. This book synthesizes research from behavioral genetics and animal and veterinary science, bridging the gap between these fields. The objective is to show that principles of behavioral genetics have practical applications to agricultural and companion animals.

The continuing domestication of animals is a complex process whose myriad impacts on animal behavior are commonly under-appreciated. Genetic factors play a significant role in both species-specific behaviors and behavioral differences exhibited by individuals in the same species. Leading authorities explore the impact of increased intensities of selection on domestic animal behavior. Rodents, cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, herding and guard dogs, and poultry are all included in these discussions of genetics and behavior, making this book useful to veterinarians, livestock producers, laboratory animal researchers and technicians, animal trainers and breeders, and any researcher interested in animal behavior.

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Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, 2e

Temple Grandin, editor

Chapter 1. Behavioral Genetics and Animal Science   Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing

  Chapter 2. Behavioral Genetics and the Process of Animal Domestication   Per Jensen

  Chapter 3. Fear and Fearfulness in Determining Behavior   Alain Boissy

Chapter 4. Genetics and Behavior during Handling, Restraint and Herding

Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing

Chapter 5. Maternal and Reproductive Behavior of Livestock

  Peter Chenoweth

Chapter 6. Differences in the Behavior of Dog Breeds

  Kathryn Lord, Raymond Coppinger, and Lorna Coppinger

Chapter 7. Genetic Effects on Horse Behavior

Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing

Chapter 8. Improving the Adaptability of Animals by Selection

  J.M. Faure & A.D. Mills

Chapter 9. Genetics and the Behavior of Chickens: Welfare and Productivity

  William Muir & Heng wei Cheng

Chapter 10. Continuation of the Russian Fox Experiments

  Anna V. Kukekova, Lyudmila N. Trut, Gregory M. Acland, & K. Gordon Lark

Chapter 11. Behavior Genetics Important for Pig Welfare

  Lotta Rydhmer & Laurianne Canerio

Chapter 12: Genetics and Animal Welfare

  Temple Grandin & Mark Deesing
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Temple Grandin PhD in animal science, University of Illinois
Professor, Colorado State University.

Temple Grandin is one of the world's most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism, and her work has been covered in the New York Times, People, National Public Radio, and 20/20. Most recently she was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of the year. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.
Mark J. Deesing Livestock Behavior & Facilities Design Consultant
Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc.
Fort Collins, CO USA.

Mark Deesing began his career in the livestock industry as a farrier and horse trainer. In 1993 he met Temple Grandin and began to work with her first in research and writing projects. They co-authored multiple books together, along with several referred journal articles on cattle behavior. Mark and Temple pioneered work on using facial hair patterns to predict temperament and fertility in cattle. Currently Mark is a custom design consultant for Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc., and has designed hundreds of handling facilities for all types of livestock, as well as wildlife and zoo species.
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