Module Identifier RSM0710  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Basil Wolf  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mrs Carolyn Gittins  
Assessment Essay   Review essay   50%  
  Exam   2 Hours   50%  


This module aims to provide the student with:

Understanding of the principles of Mendelian and quantative genetics as applied to the horse. This will be applied to the problems of genetic improvement of the horse for leisure and sport and the identification of recent research into the design and implentation of efficient breeding programmes. Recent developments in cell genetics and discussion of their importance to our undersanding of the problems of inheritance and identify potential applications in horse improvement will be covered.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

Syllabus / Curriculum design

A lecture course with 4 practical sessions. Content: Mendelian inheritance of coat colour, disease and polymorphisms suitable for parentage testing. Inbreeding problems in horse populations. Quantitative genetic principles and their application to the improvement of horses for leisure, racing, jumping and dressage. Recent advances in biochemical genetics and their application to horse improvement.

Reading Lists

Jones, W E and Bogart, R. Genetics of the Horse. J A Allen and Company
Mather, K and Jinks, J L. (1971) Biomettrical Genetics. Chapman and Hall Ltd
Old, R W and Primrose, S B. Principles of Genetic Manipulation: An introduction to Genetic Engineering. Blackwell
Bowling, A T. (1996) Horse Genertics. CAB International