About this Research Topic
Sheep were one of the earliest animals to be domesticated for agricultural purposes, and are still raised for fleece, meat and milk today. Sheep were also the first mammal to be cloned in 1997. This combined makes them a very important livestock animal for both agricultural purposes and an interested subject for genetic studies.
The 2nd World Conference on Sheep (WCS) will be held in Nanjing, China from October 15th to October 18 2018 and will be focused on ‘Sheep Genomics and Healthy Breeding’. We intend to address many of the major challenges currently facing sheep genomic research such as:
• Data mining the sheep genome, transcriptome and epigenome;
• Understanding the mechanisms of economically and phenotypically important sheep traits.
Top zoologist and geneticists from around the world will convene at this conference to discuss the current state of research in these areas. This Research Topic is aimed to provide a collection of articles based on the talks, abstracts and posters presented at the 2018 conference.
The main topics of the conference include:
• Genomic diversity and conservation from phenomics to genomics;
• Genomic adaptation;
• Gene mapping;
• Gene editing;
• Genomic selection;
• Nutrition and breeding;
• Reproduction and Physiology;
• Production and Management;
• Immunology and Diseases.
All participants of the conference are welcome to submit the following article types: Original Research Papers, Review Articles (Including Mini Reviews), Opinions, Methods, Hypothesis & Theory, and General Commentary.
Keywords: Sheep, Genomics, Phenomics, Evolution, Breeding, Reproduction, Nutrition.