Genome-based selection for the improvement of natural enemies in Nasonia vitripennis

Published on
April 17, 2018

Genomic selection (GS) currently revolutionizes animal breeding, and is increasingly used in human genetics to predict the risk of complex diseases. The main goal of my project is to seek proof-of-principle for the use of GS to genetically improve key life history and biocontrol traits in populations of natural enemies, using Nasonia vitripennis as a model organism. Wing size and shape are fitness-related traits, which have a strongly influence on flight ability. Thus, I will focus on applying GS for wing size and shape in N. vitripennis.

Shuwen Xia MSc.